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Final Dawn
Under the Bleeding Sky
July 2004
Released: 2004, New Aeon Media/Sound Pollution
Rating: 1.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

This is a band from my neighbor country of Finland under the name of Final Dawn. I have no info on which album this is, if it’s their debut or second one, however this is a new acquaintance to me.

Most of the 8 tracks on the album are written by Mr. Mattila but also Mr. Törmänen and Mr. Leiviskä has lend a helping hand. The album was recorded during January and November –03 in Sonic Pump Studios and where that is located I haven’t got a clue. It’s produced by the band and mixed by Nino Laurenne. The production and the soundpicture sounds like a standard production, not impressive at all.

What kind of music does this Finnish band play then? I would describe this as very atmospheric black/heavy metal with numerous tempo changes and many different passages through the very technical songs. Sadly Mr. Mattila sings with black metal vocals on all of the songs and that can be boring if not the music stands out I’ll say. Musicwise Final Dawn lies pretty close to the Greek band Rotting Christ except for the use of keyboards in the Finnish band music.

I do have to say that this doesn’t impress me in any way, there are 1000 of bands who sounds exactly like Final Dawn and it doesn’t get better the more I listen to it either. The only positive thing about this boring album are the competent musicians this group consists of. The negative things are the dull lead vocals, they should have some more varied material ‘cause now it feels like every song blends into each other. I have to say that I don’t have any favorite tracks at all on the album.

It feels like Final Dawn has had difficulties to decide if their music should be heavy and fast/grinding or just slow.

I’m sorry to say that I can’t recommend this to anyone instead you should lay your money on something that’s good…and that could be anything except for Final Dawn.
Track Listing

Solemn art
Aggression overdrive
Regression is transgression
Bleeding sky
What flows within
My pain


Marko Leiviskä – guitar
Toni Laine – bass
Vesa Mattila – vocals, guitar
Mikko Törmänen – drums

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