Dawn Of A Dark Age are a duo from Italy that has been featured before in this zine and plays a raw, experimental and avant garde style of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2015 album "The Six Elements Vol. 2 Water".
Water and thunder sounds start off the album and a few seconds later synths and people noises are added onto the recording which also leads up to whispers and melodic vocals along with a small amount of violins and then heavy guitars start to make their presence known onto the recording along with some grim black metal screams and deep death metal growls.
Once the album gets past the intro the music gets more structured and starts to add in some melodic guitar solos while also going even more into a black metal direction as well as adding in more avant garde elements with both saxophones and violins and a few of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and as the album progresses the music gets more fast in certain sections of the recording bringing in blast beats and more of a raw and old school black metal sound which they also mix in with the more experimental side of their musical style and on some of the tracks they bring in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and one of the songs also brings in a brief use of classical guitars and they close the album with an instrumental and outro.
Dawn Of A Dark Age creates some very original sounding music on this recording taking a raw style of black metal and mixing in elements of folk music, avant garde and experimental which results in songs that take the black metal genre into a different direction, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Natural World, Human Nature, Despair, Hatred and Seasons.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Dawn of A Dark Age and if you are a fan of raw, experimental and avant garde black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Otzuni (The Black City In Apulia)" and "The Verrin's Source (On Mount Field)". 8 out of 10.