I wasn’t expecting a new Dawn of Disease album so soon after last year’s enjoyable Worship the Grave, but I’m certainly not complaining about it.
Well, this is quite the treat. The band are as melodic as ever, but the Swedish death metal side of the band that was well-represented on Worship the Grave has largely given way to a more modern approach. A such, Ascension Gate takes influence from many different eras of death metal, merging everything together into a blazing, energetic mass of molten melodic extremity the likes of which is so infectious it’s quite addictive.
There’s a great combination of heaviness and catchy riffs here, and the songs are written with a passion that’s unexpected in a band as well-established as Dawn of Disease.
The bright melodic leads are ever-present, and manage to enhance the brutality of the heavier, more forceful parts of the songs rather than detract from them. Solos seemingly made out of liquid fire are frequently shredded with wild abandon, and the musicianship is above reproach.
Each of these songs is catchy and memorable, each in its own way. Through the riffs, leads, and vocal patterns, (the singer sounds inhuman on this record, with his thick, deep growls), the songs are formed into extremely enjoyable cuts of prime death metal.
There really is so much to enjoy here that I can easily imagine anyone into melodic death metal, no matter what type or from what era, will be able to find something to like. Think a hefty cross between The Black Dahlia Murder, Kataklysm, Paganizer, Amon Amarth, At the Gates, Eucharist, and the like. Ascension Gate really is pretty damn good.
So check this out and get ready to bang that head of yours and get lost in the melodies. Dawn of Disease have probably produced their best record yet.