Dawn Of Winter

Album Title: 
The Skull Of The Sorcerer
Release Date: 
Friday, November 2, 2012
Review Type: 

Dawn Of Winter were formed in 1990 (!) as Cemetery, paying tribute to bands as Candlemass, Trouble, Saint Vitus, Witchfinder General, Black Sabbath etc. After a short period, the members did choose to change the band’s moniker into the current one, and at the same time they decided to change their style into the initial approach (tributing the gothfathers of Doom), mixed with specific own-faced structures. Dawn Of Winter were born…

Throughout the years: lots of line-up changes, along with musical adaptations, yet still focussing on primal Doom Metal, the traditional way.

And still, after two decades of existence: Doom from the womb, collecting the primal sounds of Candlemass, Solitude Aeternus, Trouble and Revelation, and a subtle hint of Pentagram and Black Sabbath to finish the whole. This time, however, the average quality isn’t but average indeed. Average does not mean ‘bad’, yet not ‘waw’ either. The four-track mini-LP The Skull Of The sorcerer consists of four tracks that breathe the initial, and wonderful, primal Doom-spirit of the Core, but haven’t I been able to listen to tens of comparable recordings lately, including more than a handful of releases that are at least twice as interesting?

The Skull Of A Sorcerer is a nice (vinyl) release, but at the same time it certainly does not renew at all, and there is much more strictly comparable material in the very same vein at this very moment – so you need to analyse the current proposal very carefully…