Dawn Of A Dark Age are a duo from Italy that plays a very raw, experimental and avant garde form of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "The Six Elements Vol. 1 Earth" which is also the first chapter in a 6 album concept that will be released in between 2014-17.
Tribal style beats start off the album and gives the music a very ritualistic and shamanistic feeling before going into a very fast, raw and old school black metal direction along with some grim screams and you can also hear some keyboards in the background and the music also slows down and adds in a melodic guitar lead before returning back to a faster direction.
As the album progresses the music starts alternating between slow, mid paced and fast parts and you can also hear elements of thrash metal in the music at times along with some powerful sounding bass guitars and the band always remains true to a very fast, raw and old school black metal sound which they also mix in with the avant garde traces.
After awhile you can hear traces of progressive and folk music being added into the bands heavy and grim sound and they also add acoustic guitars and folk instruments into certain sections of their musical sound as well as also keeping the solos and leads in a melodic direction and they also add an instrumental on the album which also utilizes some saxophones.
After the instrumental the band adds in a more melodic black metal song along with the following track being in a more experimental but still very blackened direction with some thrash influences and all of the songs on the recording have their own sound which events this album out as being very diverse and original in sound and they also make the vocals sound deeper on the later tracks and they close the album with an acoustic and progressive sounding outro.
Dawn Of A Dark Age show a great amount of diversity with their music taking the heaviness of rawness of old school black metal and mixing it with melodic guitar leads and experimental and avant garde music to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very dark, heavy and raw while the lyrics cover dark, occult, and metaphysical themes.
In my opinion Dawn Of A Dark Age are a very great sounding raw, and experimental avant garde black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Cold Winter" and "Eurynomos Army". 8 out of 10.