Dawn of Azazel play Progressive Death Metal with enough brutality to keep people happy.
They have a very satisfying production with the guitars sounding heavily distorted and full of fuzz. Combined with the blasting drums and vocals it’s a good solid sound.
The vocalist has a the kind of shouted growl that’s forceful and savage. His voice tears out of the music with fury.
Their music is a wonderful combination of the Progressive, Modern and Brutal Death Metal subgenres, so much so that there’s a lot on offer on The Tides of Damocles.
A multitude of inventive riffs and interesting ideas are tried and tested throughout these 10 songs. It’s an impressive melting pot that the band create and they forge it into a cohesive attack over the course of just over 48 minutes.
The guitars are a highlight for me as they lead the assault and you never quite know what they’re going to do next. That’s not to imply that they’re a hyper-chaotic Techdeath mess, far from it; it’s just that Dawn of Azazel pour so many different riffing styles into the mix that you might be listening to a Morbid Angel section at one point only to have it change into something Meshuggah-inspired, or maybe a riff Immolation would be proud of.
Ultimately though it all flows together quite naturally and The Tides of Damocles is a very striking record.
Yes, I look forward to listening to this more and more over the years and getting to know it really, really well. This one’s a keeper.