Before the Dawn - Deathstar Rising

Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

This is the main band from Black Sun Aeon mastermind Tuomas Saukkonen, whose harsh but intelligible voice and melodic riffing is almost instantly recognizable. Deathstar Rising is the sixth full length album from Before the Dawn and sadly, 11 years into their career, it is my first encounter with the Finnish powerhouse (that also features Gloria Morti members). Fuck, what else have I been missing?! These guys don’t fuck around. They are here for one purpose and that purpose is melodic Death Metal. No wheel reinvention here, each song follows essentially the same pattern. Harsh verse, depressive melodies, harsh verse, clean sung chorus/hook. It works most of the time. Lars Elkind’s clean vocals can get a bit too Power Metally at times, enough to completely ruin a few songs, but on the other hand he singlehandedly saves others. I’m going to have to backtrack now and check out their older stuff, but luckily I started with a solid album. Highly recommended. Favorites: “Winter Within,” and “Remembrance.”

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