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Dawn Of Winter : The Skull of the Sorcerer

There are few remarkable aspects to be found in Dawn of Winter's latest Ep.

One of the many blessings of living in the era of the Internet is that so many obscure bands finally get their due. If the die-hards sing their praises in forums long enough, their back catalogs will be reissued and, if we’re lucky, they’ll get back together and record new material. Eventually, all of the greats who have languished in obscurity will come to light and get the attention they so richly deserve. To varying degrees, such bands as Pentagram, Evoken, and Hell have all benefited, and so have we.

Germany’s Dawn of Winter have been around for over 20 years, with all the same members since 1993. They have languished in obscurity for all of that time. If new EP The Skull of the Sorcerer is any indication, that obscurity is entirely deserved. Had they disappeared from existence at any point in their career, nobody would be clamoring for a reissue.

If you started listening to it at the beginning, you might find my words a bit too harsh. The verse riff on “Dagon’s Blood” is actually quite catchy, in fact. But by the time you get to the clunky chorus, you’ll start coming around to my point of view. And if you listen to the rest of the EP, you’ll wish you took my word for it. Aside from that one riff, the rest of the music is wholly unremarkable Candlemass-style doom.

The only remarkable aspect of this is the vocals. Gerrit Mutz tries all kinds of histrionics, but simply does not have the chops to pull them off. He takes on a slight Marcolin vibrato with the higher notes, which isn’t unexpected. The biggest problem is that he lets the notes rise and fall or slip in and out of a growl for no apparent reason. He sounds like he wants to front a power metal band, but every one of them turned him down.

Maybe it’s unfair to presume so much about a band’s 20 year history based on their newest release, an EP at that. But they haven’t done a single thing to pique my interest. Except that one good riff.

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Dagon's Blood
2. The Skull of the Sorcerer
3. By the Blessing of Death
4. In Servitude to Destiny

Duration : Approx. 21 minutes

Visit the Dawn Of Winter bandpage.

Reviewed on 2012-11-14 by Kelly Hoffart
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