Dawn - _Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy)_
by: Drew Schinzel (
The much anticipated, and much delayed, second Dawn full length is now released, and let me be one of the first to declare that it was completely worth the wait. Expanding on their already solid foundation of epic length, high-speed, melodic blackened death metal, Dawn have upped most of the song times to around the eight to ten minute mark, with nary a boring moment filling in the almost one hour of music which constitutes _SCotT_. Commencing with the monumentally fantastic opener "The Knell and the World", _SCotT_ flows along infallibly, achieving a magnificent mixture of extremely high velocity aggression with slower, more sedate passages, though with the former dominating the latter. Dawn excel at composing songs of eminent maturity with more than just a hint of originality as the six works present here will prove; their best asset, the unparalleled way that Dawn combine searing speed and aggression with the perfect amount of melody, never overpowers the song, seems out of place, nor situates the band in the ranks of more melodic groups such as Dissection or Sacramentum. Couple their compositional skills with the tortured, yet subdued, vocals of Henke Forss, one of the best black or death vocalists around, and the improved drumming courtesy of new addition Jocke Petersson (Niden Div 187), and Dawn have produced simply a tremendous album. One of 1998's finest thus far.
(article published 3/10/1998)
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