Dawn Of Demise

A Force Unstoppable

Written by: PP on 03/05/2010 05:52:49

Danish death metallers Dawn Of Demise have been gathering a decent amount of praise and hype in the Danish underground since their formation about four years ago. A solid EP and a full length received some critical acclaim within the borders of this country with many suggesting that Dawn Of Demise could be the next underground metal act with international potential, a suggestion which "A Force Unstoppable" attempts to answer.

The band continues to play chunky, bruising death metal in the vein of Suffocation, Illdisposed and why not also Koldborn, where brutal sound and groove are in the spotlight throughout the album. And indeed, as the band rumbles through the arsenal on the album in their traditional old school death metal style, it's easy to see why the band have a following around here. The guitars in particular deserve praise here, as the degree of tightness and amount of groove present rates them among the most professional axewielders I've heard in the Danish death metal scene. They don't shy away from injecting a bit of melody into the high-pitch solos either.

But where it all goes wrong, as is so often the case in the local metal releases from Denmark, is in the vocal department. I get it, it's death metal and the goal is to sound as brutal as possible, but honestly, I've never been able to stand the hollow guttural growl of this band's vocalist (nor the guy in Illdisposed for that matter). While the gargling-type vocals fit in at first, they quickly become monotonous and feel content-less, reducing effect of the otherwise superb instrumental and songwriting effort on the album. Why not go for a more typical death metal growl, or even a scream for that matter? Not only would it suit the music better, but it would also allow Dawn Of Demise to challenge the heavyweights in Danish metal in due time.

That said, it's always going to be a matter of preference, I suppose, so don't feel turned off just because of my general distaste in guttural growls (they just NEVER sound better than a 'normal' growl). Because if you can get past the vocals, there's a wealth of sleek, brutalized riffs and solos here that should satisfy even the most demanding death metal fanatic.

Download: Leech The Blood, Multiple Flatlines
For the fans of: Suffocation, Illdisposed, Koldborn
Listen: Myspace

Release date 19.02.2010
Deep Send Records / Target Distribution

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