Independent Release

Review By Tony Cannella

Even though the Dutch metal band A New Dawn has been in existence since 1997, it was only in 2008 that the band released their first (and only) full-length debut, “Falling from Grace”. In addition to that full-length the band has released a number of EP/Demo releases that showcases the duel female-fronted attack of this great band from The Netherlands. Now the band has returned with their new 3-song EP titled, “Finally…”The 3-songs and almost 20-minutes worth of music is a metal fans dream. From aggressive, classic metal sounding and pounding rhythms of the opener “Desire”, and not to mention the focused and powerful vocals provided by Jamila and Alysia, this is an excellent way to kick things off. This is truly an up-tempo, melodic slice of powerful metal. Next is the more mid-tempo, yet no less relentless, “Masque of the Red Death”. On this track the female vocals are accompanied by grunt vocals of Mike. This is another tune that has a great melodic base to it and just a truly monstrous riff grows and builds as the song proceeds. The band even performs a cool Queen-like vocal harmony thing near that is really well done. The final track is the almost 8-minute “Final Verdict”. The track begins with a riff similar to Black Sabbath’s “Neon Knights” before settling into an unrelenting groove and tempo changes that brings “Finally…” to a complex and satisfying conclusion. I thought “Falling from Grace” was an excellent release, but if these three songs on “Finally…” is any indication, than A New Dawn is hopefully ready to ascend to the next level. 

Rating – 90/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Desire
  2. Masque of the Red Death
  3. Final Verdict


Line Up

  • Jamila Ifzaren – Vocals
  • Alysia van Horik – Vocals
  • Mike van den Heuvel – Grunts
  • Elbert de Hoog – Guitar
  • Michiel Glas – Guitar
  • Michel van Beekum – Bass
  • Rik Bruineman – Drums


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