Review: Dawn Of Solace – The Darkness

Location: Lahti, Finland
Genre: Melodic Doom/Death Metal
Released: May 26, 2006
Format Reviewed: FLAC
Feature: Global Conquest – Diving For Treasure

By: Kris Kotlarik

The genre tag is a little misleading, in my opinion; there’s not much of a death metal vibe from Dawn Of Solace’s only album, but the melodic doom metal part definitely makes sense. The band makes solid use of acoustic instruments and clean vocals in addition to fairly standard doom metal lyricism and instrumentation. The problem is that most of the songs don’t go anywhere.

By my count, there are two stellar songs; “Dead Air” has the best example of the aforementioned clean vocals that occurs throughout the track, and the ending is especially heavy The Darkness‘s standards. “Wrath Of Gods Amongst Us” has shades of prog and has a particularly impressive section of dual growling vocals.

The intro, “Dying Daylight,” as well as “Winter Song” and closer “Avalanche,” are all space fillers with some combination of ambient noise, acoustic guitars and repetitive patterns that don’t progress. Out of the other three tracks, which I consider to be alright but not spectacular, “I Am Chaos, I Am Destruction” comes closest to being a top song but doesn’t quite get there; it starts building up midway through and really brings it home towards the end, but the first half is forgettable. “Wings Of Darkness” and “I Was Never There” both drag on for too long and would have been better served with a couple minutes chopped off.

Overall: Not a bad album by any means, but there isn’t much to make me want to come back for more.

Rating: 2.5*

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