"Pestilent Dawn" (Redefining Darkness; 2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

If you've got a wall you want torn down or a maybe an office building that needs demolishing, may I recommend "Pestilent Dawn" by Michigan death-metallers Throne? This intense collection of jackhammer songs will leave you gasping for breath by the time their triphammer rhythms, raging guitars and roaring vocals come to an end. (Thankfully, Throne provides a brief respite with the acoustic guitar only track, “Eternity in Mourning.”)

Perhaps the thing that makes this album work so well is the band's incredible precision. With all the sound bursting forth from your speakers (or ear-buds, or whatever), there’s an undeniable exactness here that is in short supply on some other albums of this intensity. That precision drives the songs even deeper into your brain.

Not for the faint of heart, “Persistent Dawn” delivers in a big way.

Throne: Nathan Barnes - Vocalist/guitarist; Joe Kesselring - guitar, Kollin Perpignani - drums, Leslie Drake – bass.

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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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