Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, September 13, 2013

Dawn of Tears-Act III: The Dying Eve

Not a lot of bands make it to a third album, groups place themselves out of the competition after a while, they just can't take the stress. Even huge modern bands today like Kvelertak and Pallbearer don't have 3 full lengths out! So what does it mean when a group does have three records out? Simply that they know what they want to do, how they want to do it and most importantly WHO they want to do it with. Dawn of Tears latest release Act III: The Dying Eve is even more proof of that with stellar and beautiful songwriting that mixes cruel growls with lush female vocals and glorious soundscapes.

What makes this album special for me is the way the musicians come together to create glorious proggy soundscapes topped off with symphonic metal stylings all the way through. Yet these riffs can not be placed in any one genre box, they are too punchy for black metal, and too bright for death metal. Act III: The Dying Eve is heavy and that's all there is to it. I really like the songs that mix in a bit of female cleans into the whole thing, it makes the music more interesting and keeps the listener engaged. Meanwhile the excellent guitar leads add a lot of solid melodies to the tracks and give songs like Prize Denied a certain girth that goes beyond their relatively short duration. A final note, the keyboards here are truly excellent, they couch everything in a symphonic metal soundscape that speaks legions to the groups talent.

To finish it off, what I'm trying to say is that the good folk in Dawn of Tears know how to make heavy metal that does not subscribe to a particular genre box but is just its own thing. They create music in its purest form, as a logical extension of the soul. Their sounds are beautiful and luscious, while some of the riffs may be brutal heaviness is not the goal here, it is merely an accent for something greater. Suffice to say Act III: The Dying Eve makes me want to go back and check out the rest of the Dawn of Tears discography, and quite honestly, you should too!

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