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Dawn - Nr Slen Gar Nier For Evogher(reissue) [Century Media - 2014]

Along with Dissection, Sacramentum, and Vinterland, Dawn is one of the finest Swedish melodic black metal bands out there. Despite releasing just two full-length albums before splitting up, the band and its material have become quite popular, making all of the bands releases extremely expensive and hard to come by. A quick look at Discogs will tell you that a 94 press of Nr Slen Gar Nier For Evogher will set you back about sixty bucks. Enter Century Media. Its about time that someone got around to
rereleasing their albums!

For those of you unfamiliar with Dawn, theyre a band that, along with the previously mentioned bands, laid the foundations of melodic black metal. All of the things necessary to make a fantastic album are here: catchy, melodic tremolo riffs, relentless, charging drums, aggressive bass, and fantastic, shrieked vocals. Yes, it is uncommon to find a band this technically proficient on its first album, and even more uncommon to have all band members this good, but what makes Dawn and Nr Slen Gar Nier For Evogher so unforgettable is the song writing.

Each song on Nr Slen Gar Nier For Evogher takes a few riffs in that wonderful, Swedish style we know and love and blazes forth with all the glory and beauty that the album cover suggests. The chilling tremolo leads charge forward over Karsten Larssons drumming in instantly recognizable melodies and chord progressions. Though theres an a emphasis on speed coming from the guitars, there are just a handful of blasting sections, with Larsson preferring to opt for a more varied and exciting approach with plenty of double bass. But when he does need to hammer out blast beats he does so with the best of them.

As mentioned before, the dueling guitar work from Andreas Fullmestad and Fredrik Sderberg is brilliant stuff. Twenty years is a long time when it comes to music and its fantastic to note that the riffs on Nr Slen Gar Nier For Evogher are as powerful and engaging as the day they were written. In the two decades since the release of the album many bands have tried to copy this style, and even though theres an abundance of bands playing similar material, the riffs here are as fresh as they come, and stand as a testament to the bands quality. Due in part to the lack of blast beats on the album, Lars Tngmarks bass playing can actually be heard on most of the album. His work on The Ethereal Forest, for example, is awesome stuff, and the break halfway through the song where its just bass over drums is simply fantastic. Henke Forsss shrieks on the album do an exceptional job and help to prevent the album from getting too happy and really flesh out the albums atmosphere. Truth be told, I cant think of a single criticism of Nr Slen Gar Nier For Evogher. Not even the whole
 
Its too short complaint. The albums fifty minute run time is perfect, and at the end you feel neither exhausted nor unfulfilled. Nr Slen Gar Nier For Evogher may not have the reputation of Dawns second and final album, Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy), but its an amazing piece of music on its own. If youre like me and have had to make due with a download of the album due to the wallet- hurting price it commands, this is the perfect time to get your hands on a copy. Or if youre a newcomer to black metal and havent heard of Dawn before, theres no time like the present. Its a must-own for every fan of black metal and a timeless classic.

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Tyler L.
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