Saturday, July 11, 2015
DAGOBA: "Tales Of The Black Dawn"
Label: earMUSIC/Edel 2015
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
Dagoba deliver well-crafted, well-played and powerful metal with crunchy guitars, and over the top cookie-monster vocals. Tales of the Black Dawn should no doubt attract hoards of ogre, goblin, orch, and troll. Hobbit, dwarf, elf, and human, may however find their extreme rock a tad too noisy? Let's ditch the Tolkien themed nonsense from now on shall we? Let's focus on the music.
Produced by former Machine Head band member Logan Mader (Five Finger Death Punch, Soulfly, etc.), the French act sound better and angrier than ever. Tortured guitar lines and massive drums that sounds like fire breathing dragons in the sky. They throw the occasional tantrum as well as some fashionably growl type vocals into the mix and even indulge in the odd macabre styled arrangement. It's clearly not enough to please this particular reviewer as it smack of desperation. Not to mention that it's so dated and 1998, which also happens to be the year we last enjoyed this kind of compositions.
They may just lack the ability to intrigue the listener and have them wanting for more. Several tracks goes through the motion and it's actually difficult to tell them apart.