(Review by Officer Nice)

I suppose fans of melodic Death Metal already know Dawn Of tears from Madrid / Spain. Normally this kind of Metal is typical for the Scandinavian countries but it seems also the land of oranges and toreadors are representing bands from a genre that waned somewhat the last decade. Anyway Dawn of Tears isn’t a new band, a few albums are already released since the day the band saw the light of day, at the end of the nineties.

Musical wise this band can easy compete with the bigger bands in this specific genre. Therefore fans of Children Of Bodom, In Flames etc. will easily adore this release. Dawn of Tears offers with Act III a very professional album in which all good ingredients of this style are added.

What makes this album attractive for all kind of Metal fans is that the band easily crosses genres. Although the vocals are kind of typical for Death Metal you can imagine that Dawn Of Tears is inspired by modern Power Metal acts and even Gothic Metal bands. The entire concept of this record breathes anything that comes from out of these genres, a quick look to the awesome front cover will prove me right.

This is a very entertaining record in which I hear enthusiasm, awesome melodies, outstanding guitars, rhythms that keep me close to the speakers of my CD-player. A special role is foreseen for the keyboards, as they are playing duets all the time with the fast and sharp guitar sessions. The keyboards are responsible for a big part of the dark atmosphere this album breathes and makes this one pretty addictive. I admit I gave this one spin after another because I really had a big feeling of excitement right here. To picture the fact also Gothic Metal was a source of inspiration a duet with an unknown – yet very good – female vocalist can be heard.

Dawn of Tears is more than another Melodic Death Metal band and easily proves that this genre isn’t just a toy of the Scandinavians. It’s Evergrey and After Forever blended with the Scandinavian traditions, the Gothenburg style as we often call it. The ideal record for the upcoming cold winter nights… A band that deserves your attention and we should keep our attention to. Check http://www.dawnoftears.org .

My Points: 89 / 100   


95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish