Sacred Dawn - _Gears of the Machine... A New Beginning_
(Nightmare Records, 2008)
by: Quentin Kalis (8 out of 10)
Sacred Dawn provides an entertaining and promising debut that welds traditional heavy and power metal with a progressive touch, but never straying too far from the melodic. The power metal touches venture into the groan inducing tomfoolery of a Rhapsody or Dragonforce, being more restrained in line with their American cousins.

Occasionally the vocalist attempts to go beyond his limits, but such moments are few; he is otherwise more than competent, and he largely provides a lucid accompaniment to the dual guitarists. Needless to say, the quality of the musicians is not found wanting. The song quality starts to wane in the last few numbers, culminating in a cover of the Charlie Daniels Band southern rock classic "Devil Went Down to Georgia", which, at best, is 'interesting' and at worst a mistake. Nevertheless, the first two thirds were more than enjoyable; the dawning (sorry) of this band is welcomed and their sophomore effort keenly anticipated.


(article published 15/1/2009)

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