Dawn of Ashes – Theophany (Review)

Dawn of AshesThis is the fifth album from this US black metal band.

Dawn of Ashes play modern, professional, industrial black metal with plenty of keyboard/electronic enhancements. Kind of coming across as a mix of Dimmu Borgir, Deathstars and Neurotech, this is heavy, rhythmic and quite catchy.

The shiny production suits the style of the band, imbuing their music with the strength that something like this needs.

One of the usual drawbacks of albums of this genre tends to be an over-reliance on similar tempos and beats, but I’m pleased to say that although Dawn of Ashes do stick to what they do best, they vary things enough within this to ensure that Theophany doesn’t become stale.

The blackened croak of the singer is a constant throughout, sliding in and out of the electronica and dark synths. Underpinning everything are the powerfully-recorded, martial drums that hammer out their beats like pistons.

I haven’t listened to anything of this ilk in a while, so I definitely enjoyed it all the more due to this. I do have to be in the mood for this kind of release, but when I am Dawn of Ashes will definitely be one I turn to.

There’s also a cover of one of my favourite Nine Inch Nails songs too. Bonus.

Check it out.

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