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DAWN DARKER REVIEW 2014

 

DAWN - DARKER

LAZER'S EDGE

15 APRIL 2014

 

 

Dawn hails from Switzerland and plays progressive rock… they also open this, their second album in my least favourite way with a sparse two minutes of slow build and bubbling keys entitled ‘Yesterday’s Sorrow’. It’s an inauspicious way to start an album that if nothing else certainly takes you places. ‘Cold’ the first track proper has a cluttered genesis and parping keys that at times sound like old button dial phones used to when you hit the wrong key. Vocally the songs have that high register that you imagine Justin Hawkins would come up with if he did ‘Prog’ but you also fee there is probably no ‘tongue in cheek here’. ‘Cold’ in fact is a majestic composition that as a half-hearted Prog listener took me quite by surprise with its progressions, power and subtlety.

 

‘Darker’ is harsher and heavier building to a climax early that never comes; it steps back into a wall of keys, and adds a gentle acoustic passage before meandering into space. It’s a wonderful piece of music and equally as rewarding as the opener. The rest of the album follows a distinct passage and sonically is cohesive with keys and guitar holding equal sway but never really clashing.

 

On an album that was conceived as a series of compositions dealing with Man in the 21st century: his fears, his conception of life, his reaction to technology, nuclear power, and the planet’s suffocation, Darker tells a compelling tale with plenty of contrast in the mix with the Yes-like (and rather short) ‘Lullabies For Gutterflies’ equally as impressive as the real epic – the 20-minute ‘8945’ which leans more towards the intricacies of King Crimson. The best though in our eyes are saved for last with ‘Out of Control’ hitting hardest with some killer Pomp-Rock keys; and the closer ‘Endless’ which is steeped in melodies and sky high keys.

 

How much you like Dawn may at the end of the day, like much Prog does for me, come down to how much you like the vocal because the music here is powerful and engaging enough to tick those boxes.

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

DAWN DARKER REVIEW 2014