"Darklight Awakening" (WW III / Mercenary Musik / Last Episode Records)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Patience seems to be the key word that drives the German band Dawn Of Dreams and their quality approach to blackened melodic death metal. A full eight years after forming in 1993, Dawn Of Dreams' debut CD "Darklight Awakening" strikes a chord rarely heard on any band's first effort.

Long content to stay in the metal underground, Dawn Of Dreams should make a splash with "Darklight Awakening." I hear more of the Swedish melodic death metal style in the Dawn Of Dreams sound than anything that I have become familiar with in either the black metal, death metal, or blackened death styles. Occasionally, and this was a nice surprise, I hear the epic death metal style performed so very well by Garden Of Shadows.

The vocals are broad in their application as they run the gamut from death metal grunting, to the more raspy style favored in black metal, to the growling approach favored in melodic death metal circles. The variety in the vocals is pretty advanced for a band that has just released their debut CD. 

"Daylight Awakening" is not a groundbreaking effort by any means, but it is a well-performed group of songs that will manage to keep your interest throughout.

Dawn Of Dreams is Dirk, Uli, Markus, Bernd, and Heiko.

For more information visit http://www.dawn-of-dreams.de/

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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