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Dawn of Ashes
Released: 2010, Metal Blade Records
Solid but unremarkable is just about the kindest way to describe Dawn of Ashes, the Los Angeles quartet now delivering their third album courtesy of Metal Blade's generous coffers. For the uninitiated, DoA play a hybrid of black and death metal, with the occasional industrial flirtation thrown in for good measure. With such a broad musical palette you'd think the band capable of boundless creativity at the very least.
Sadly this hasn't been the case previously, and while an improvement on past efforts, GENOCIDE CHAPTERS isn't exactly about to set the world on fire. One of the reasons for this, as is soon evident, is that however disparate their influences Dawn of Ashes appear to have a limited frame of reference within each. This would go some way toward explaining the nearly cookie cutter-like pilfering of the Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir back catalogues on the likes of "Transformation Within Fictional Mutation" and "London’s Anthem For The Pleasure of Mutilation". Producer Fred Archambault's history of tendering his services to the likes of Avenged Sevenfold and Death Before Dishonor also comes to the fore when a prototypical metalcore chug is tacked onto "Conjuration of the Maskim’s Black Blood", amongst many examples, like musical surgery gone awry. These two infractions are mildly offset by the more agreeable moments on the record, particularly "Sacrilegious Reflection" where the Borgir-core style actually pays dividends. So too does the instrumental interlude that is "Re-imagining of the Dark Ages" bathe proceedings in swathe of atmosphere that perfectly captures the horror themes they're gunning for.
It's not enough to save GENOCIDE CHAPTERS unfortunately, and though I'd love to have suggested otherwise this album is best chalked down as another stage in Dawn of Ashes' ongoing evolution. Thankfully for them, most folks these days have such a short attention span that they'll barely be able to remember this outing when DoA do finally deliver their masterpiece.
1. Conjuration of the Maskim's Black Blood
2. Nyarlathotep's Children of the Void
3. Seething the Flesh in the River Phlegethon
4. Transformation within Fictional Mutation
5. The Ancient Draining Room
6. Reanimation of the Dark Ages
7. London's Anthem for the Pleasure of Mutilation
8. Sacrilegious Reflection
10. Carnal Consummation in the Empty Space
11. Epilogue-Beginning of the End
• Kristof Bathory:
• Volkar Kael: Guitar
• Othuum: Bass Guitar
• Bahemoth: Keyboards
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