Dawn of Azazel are a band from New Zealand that has had an album reviewed before in this zine and while they originally started out more in a black and war metal direction in the beginning they have evolved into more of a brutal and progressive death metal band over the years and this is a review of their self released 2015 album "The Tides Of Damocles" which will be released on April 28th.
A very distorted sound starts off the album before going into more of a brutal death metal direction along with some angry shouting and screaming vocals and the music also incorporates elements of groove and modern metal and you can also hear a decent amount of blast beats being added into the faster sections of the songs.
Throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and when solos and leads are utilized they are very distorted and melodic sounding and some of the tracks also bring in breakdowns that are very close to deathcore and metalcore and none of the tracks have any traces of black or war metal which was very dominant on their earlier releases and the last track is very long and epic in length and if it was not for the bands past this album would of been reviewed in a different blog that has nothing to do with black metal.
Dawn Of Azazel creates an album that stays away from the black and war metal sound of earlier recordings as well as staying away from t he brutal death metal sound of later material to create more of a modern and progressive style of death metal that also brings in a touch of groove metal, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover violent and angry themes.
In my opinion this is a decent recording from Dawn Of Azazel and while war, black and brutal death metal fans would be disappointed, I can see this album appealing to fans of progressive and modern death metal as well as fans of the more mainstream metal genres. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Strike First, Strike Hard, Strike Often" "The Odious Tides" "Progeny Of Pain" and "Tarnished Gold". 7 out of 10.