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Coldawn - ...In The Dawn (2018) - Review

Band: Coldawn
Album title: ...In The Dawn
Release Date: 26 February 2018
Label: Flowing Downward

Tracklist:
01. Spectral Horizon (Instrumental)
02. My Escape
03. The Essence
04. Only Moments
05. ...In The Dawn
06. La Primavera No Llegara Esta Vez
07. This: Over
08. My Destiny

In violent times, where social individualism and misanthropy reigns almost absolute, Coldawn emerges with the debut album titled ...In The Dawn. This is an interesting blackgaze album made by this international act which was born in 2013, originally formed by Ausk from Venezuela and Brendon Sibraa from Australia (Mors Voluntaria, The Plague Doctor, Vixentaunder and many others), under the name Beyond The Dawn. The band until 2015 did not record any albums or EPs, and was remaining dormant until 2016, when the name was changed with the addition of Australian multi-instrumentalist Tim Yatras (Germ, ex-Austere, ex-Woods Of Desolation) and the Russian B.M. from Skyforest. They decided to change the name to Coldawn and start their career among the black metal fronts releasing their debut album called, ...In The Dawn via Flowing Downward, the newborn sublabel of Avantgarde Music.

While listening to ...In The Dawn will come to your mind many bands such as Alcest, Deafheaven, An Autumn For Crippled Children and Drudkh, to name a few. The opening begins with "Spectral Horizon", a beautiful instrumental that emphasizes acoustic guitars, an invitation for the winter immersion of existence. In the rest of the album there's a lot of passion and melancholy, as well the band inserts some depressive moments which are not far away from dsbm, especially because of those painful shrieks. "My Escape" is very captivating, starts with kind of suffering mood and then attacks again with acoustic guitars, at this point you are already completely immersed in this universe of melancholic memories and at the same time you'll begin to feel hope. The album as a whole gives you at the same time the cold season and your feelings of hibernation and solitude and as I said before, the hope of a spring rebirth.

Coldawn on this album focused mainly on longing and airy patterns of longing. "The Essence", "...In The Dawn" and "La Primavera No Llegara Esta Vez", are very appealing tracks for me, the first two for presenting the classical piano initially, and the third, because of the very appealing female voice in Spanish which adds some additional splendour to the whole thing. "This: Over" takes me away from the suffering melancholy and pushes me out of the squeeze and fixes me on reality, and as the last track titled "My Destiny" tells me that everything is in the past that is now only a memory.

Coldawn in this debut album somehow created the perfect blackgaze formula for upcoming releases. It is music that really plunges you into the melancholy of a freezing and sometimes welcoming season, it's a truly an immersive blackgaze metal album with a lot of things waiting to be discoverd. Satisfying and beautiful from the start to finish.

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 8/10

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Band: Ahab
Album title: The Boats Of The Glen Carrig
Release date: 28 August 2015
Label: Napalm Records

With The Boats Of The Glen Carrig, the band seems to leave their typical funeral doom metal style behind them. There's much more emphasis on the atmosphere, driving metal lines and let's say the band discovered its progressive side, which nicely complements with heavy slow crushing riffs, punishing drums, wretched bass and guttural death vocals, maybe one of the best in this genre. There's often present a certain dose of humour in Ahab's output, even though being well hidden behind the explicit use of psychedelic, sludge and horror elements, but yet you can sense it anyway. Ahab this time composed their boldest album to date, it's not the darkest one they ever made but still there are almost no light moments. The Boats Of The Glen Carrig is not an easy album to consume, it's a complex work, more than anything else these Germans ever did. They used a much larger palette of different elements and they put those together with perfection. Ahab's obsession with depths of the ocean and sea, with epic adventures, with anything drenched and salty, this time got a truly monolithic form and is the pitch perfect mood setting.

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