Kingdom Of Darkness is the 21st album by Nottinghamshire based singer songwriter Dave Jarvis. The album actually carries a fantasy, medieval concept, described by Jarvis as a narrative describing the overthrowing of a king in a mystical land as well as following the journey of the man who eventually becomes the new king.
The album itself is set out like a movie. Opening track "Foretold Destiny" foreshadows the concept and gives you an insight into what to expect. The music itself is familiar to anyone who has previously listened to other Dave Jarvis. His signature sound is typically him singing over an acoustic guitar, sometimes with simple effects and looped guitar tracks and backed by drums which are competent and carry the song but never overshadow it. "Odyssey" centres around a prominent lead guitar riff that occasionally changes key around the chorus. Musically, it's very similar to REM or The Stone Roses.
Dave Jarvis - Odyssey (Soundcloud)
"Abbey Of Feud" carries a lot of influence from the more laid back songs by The Cure. In terms of subject matter, the core of Kingdom Of Darkness will be familiar to any fans of Zelda or Final Fantasy games from the PS1 era. "Dungeon Walls" is a throwback to early 1970's rock with it's chromatic sounding guitars and reverb-laden vocals. Reverb and double tracking is used throughout the whole album but especially on this track.
Kingdom Of Darkness is actually Jarvis' 4th concept album, something which is no mean feat for any musician. 21 albums is an awful lot of material for anyone to write and Jarvis does well to keep it at a consistent level. He rarely strays from his trademark vocals/guitar/drums style but if it isn't broke then there's no need to fix it.
All in all the album is a very competent effort and is very easy on the ear, especially if you're a fan of the acoustic singer songwriter set up. Check it out.
*The album is actually free to download and you can find the link here - Album Download Link *
Words by David Dring