Monday, June 4, 2012

TORIAN: "Dawn"

Rating: 7/10
Label: Sound Guerilla/DA-Music 2012
Review by Kimmo Toivonen

"Power Metal from Paderborn (Germany)" says the headline in the press release and sure enough, that's what we get. "Slightly thrashy, yet quite melodic with some really decent choruses" is how I'd describe this album.

After a somewhat dodgy start with arguably the album's worst vocal performance from the vocalist Marc Hohlweck on "Grateful", the album gets better as it progresses. The band seems to have a knack for writing quite catchy hooklines which is always a good thing, the hooklines rescue those songs where the other parts don't quite keep them afloat.

Thanks to the good melodies and and some fine guitarwork, "Dawn" is clearly an above average metal album. By trimming a couple of the weaker songs and maybe the pointless instrumentals this would have been a tighter package, but it isn't too bad as it is.

Highlights: "Thunder Battalions", "Oceans", "Fall Of The Golden Towards" and "Fires Beyond The Sun".

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