New Music Review: DAWN OF ASHES “Theophany”

REVIEW – I will be honest, I knew of DAWN OF ASHES, but maybe heard one or two songs before this record. For me, I am on the fence about the industrial black metal scene. While I like industrial metal like ABORYM and old school stuff like Violent New Breed SHOTGUN MESSIAH, the industrial scene for me is bands like MINISTRY, SKINNY PUPPY and PIGFACE. Now with that being said, I really like this new DAWN OF ASHES record Theophany and may want to see what else this scene is kicking out. Theophany sounds important, like a band who want to make a statement as hard as it can. The sound comes across as drug fueled obnoxious mixed with a darkened massive heavy. This is not the feel good album you should listen to when life kicks you in the balls or hole. Much of the music on here is heavy as all fuck, dark as a trip into a crack house at 3am with no flashlight and just so aggressively violent. “Equilibrium” is so damn aggressive yet catchy. Theophany sounds like if TYPE O NEGATIVE got mixed in with CRADLE OF FILTH. Those chugging guitars and sick synthesizers are just so bold and make such a command of the song that you are blown away. DAWN OF ASHES Theophany just tears you apart from every direction with its heavy sound. From the first song “Rise Of The Ancient East” to last song “Last” there really is no filler to this record. I am won over, from the tempos going up and down, to this band just sounding like they have something to really say, and they make their message pretty fucking loud and clear. DAWN OF ASHES is a band that I may want to go back and listen to some more, that I admit I was wrong about. I am glad Theophany made me see the errors in my way. Theophany is a very good record, that if you love metal and love when bands change it up, you will certainly dig this record.

DAWN OF ASHES "Theophany"DAWN OF ASHES Theophany

1. Rise of the Ancient East
2. Tribe of Chemosh
3. Equilibrium
4. Still Born Defect (The New Breed)
5. Malleus Maleficarum (The Hammer of Witches)
6. Fire of the Phoenix
7. Bleeding Perfection
8. Enter the Vortex
9. Valhalla
10. Last