At Dawn “Demo’95

Self-produced

Rating: 6/10

At Dawn is a Spanish band from Tarragona, Catalonia, that so far have released this demo. If you want to know a bit more on this brilliant outfit, then check the interview here. This demo lasts less than half an hour but brings a clear clue to the music’s style: Doom. Slayer-like riffs (kinda “South of Heaven” or “Dead Skin Mask”) with cyclic guitar melodies, always quite slow, and half black half death growlings while sometimes the keyboards appear in the background. The first song is an ethereal instrumental called “Twilight”, and comes followed by “Life fades”, “The forest path” (a bit faster), “Burning Luxury” and my favourite, “Black soul consecration”. Despite a few differencess, these four songs are quite similar. The last one is titled “At Dawn” and it’s another ethereal keyboarded-based track that, I don’t know why, reminds me of Ancient’s “Fjellets Hemelighet”. About the lyrics I can’t say anything as they are un-understandable nor have I the lyrics printed. Unfortunately, the sound is not very good; guitars sound alright but drums and vocals do not, but it is a common thing in self-produced demos. Though this latter handicap, the demo deserves to be heard, you won’t be deceived.