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Dawn Of Winter - The Skull Of The Sorcerer [EP] (2012) - Review

Band: Dawn Of Winter
Album title: The Skull Of The Sorcerer [EP]
Release date: 2 November 2012
Label: Cyclone Empire

Tracklisting:
01. Dagon's Blood
02. The Skull Of The Sorcerer
03. By The Blessing Of Death
04. In Servitude To Destiny

I'm sure that all fans of doom music are familiar with German Dawn Of Winter. The band was formed back in 1990 and till today released only two full lenght albums and two EP's. Now, to celebrate their 22nd anniversary they recorded this four songs and released them under the name The Skull Of The Sorcerer. So, what this EP brings...

Four tracks featured on this record are nothing else than a hommage to their influences. Crushing bass leads the way, tuned down guitars with occasional solos offer some nice moments, I must mention also really impressive drumming in the true doom form. The pace is slow, some tempo changes work uplifting. Dawn Of Winter offers nothing new, contrary they offer old school doom which in their case combines rough, early Black Sabbath or Pentagram sounds with epic doom metal in the vein of early Candlemass or even Solitude Aeturnus. Rough production gives the special flavour that takes us back in time. I was impressed with the second epic track "The Skull Of The Sorcerer" as it gives everything what I mentioned before and what a true doom fan wants. In this tune you can find a lot of resemblances with before mentioned Candlemass, but also some really heavy guitars that could be compared to those of Iommi in the early era of Sabbath or maybe even to some Saint Vitus vibes. Classic heavy metal insertions in not that good, rather boring opener "Dagon's Blood" must have something to do with the fact that some members come from heavy/power metal band Sacred Steel. Yes, Dawn Of Winter don't want to make anything new, they don't want to sound modern and last two songs, rather annoying candlemassian "By The Blessing Of Death", ruined by; otherwise experienced singer Gerrit P. Mutz (also in Sacred Steel) who moves smoothly between high, deep and harsher vocal tonalities, with sometimes too much German accented English; poor vocal lines, and last one, interesting, rather melancholic, semi doom metal ballad "In Servitude To Destiny", with, this time massive vocal performance and great acoustic beginning, plus guitar solo at the end of it are a definitive proof for that. I could say that this band is a rare true underground from many points of view. First is the sole performance, attitude, then production, and at last I must mention that this EP comes only on vinyl edition in 500 numbered copies, no digital release, no CD release for now.

All true doom maniacs should not leave this release to pass by, because I'm sure that it can be interesting and gives a right dose of nostalgia to all those who are still longing after the early days of doom. Still I must be honest and say that out there are bands who are performing the same style more, how to say, interesting? If nothing else then this EP is a nice hommage to big acts who defined this genre and if you like before mentioned bands, then you can't fail.

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 7/10

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Band: Born For Bliss
Album title: Falling Back To Never
Release date: 16 October 2015
Label: Echozone

Born For Bliss is finally back with an album that's by all means a proper masterpiece, Falling Back To Never, which takes with such an ease the listener into a magical world that can be rarely witnessed. Falling Back To Never is like a story told in twelve chapters and as the opener "Innocent" is repetitively saying, "tell me your story, tell me you're innocent...", you know in an instant what will be about lyricaly wise. If the opening song can be counted like a rather hypnotic and psychedelic, yet very multidimensional introduction into Falling Back To Never, the real drama and whole new world opens up with "This Narrow Place". The sound on the album is somehow complex, constantly divided between the emotional, gentle, atmospheric new wave sound, and the one a bit more hypnotic, but still there's not a single second on it where it loses its extraordinary pathos. The vocal job is simply breathtaking, it's difficult to explain what kind of a power, passion and emotion is poured into it, let it be when Frank sings alone or in a duet with Lori, one of the finest examples of such a duet must be the driving "Better Than Me". The overall very atmospheric sound is often enriched with use of various electronics, synths, piano touches and much more other well thought insertions. The one who takes this sonic journey must be satisfied in the end, because albums like it's Falling Back To Never are rarely released these days. A masterpiece!

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