Rise of the Phoenix

Lyrics
add a review/comment
Add an audio file
Band Name Before The Dawn
Album Name Rise of the Phoenix
Type Album
Released date 27 April 2012
Labels Nuclear Blast
Music StyleMelodic Death
Members owning this album71

Tracklist

1. Exordium 01:27
2. Pitch-Black Universe 04:43
3. Phoenix Rising 04:43
4. Cross to Bear 03:29
5. Throne of Ice 06:31
6. Perfect Storm 04:42
7. Fallen World 04:22
8. Eclipse 05:39
9. Closure 03:44
Total playing time 39:20

Review @ Crinn

30 April 2012

I guarantee you, Rise of the Phoenix does not disappoint!

Roughly a year after releasing one of the best albums of 2011, the Finnish melodic death powerhouse known as Before the Dawn is back with a strong follow-up known as The Rise of the Phoenix. I’ve actually known about this release for several months now, so obviously, I’ve been eager to hear it for quite a while. A little over a week ago, I went on the Nuclear Blast website to check the status of the album. I went to Before the Dawn’s page to discover that one of the tracks off the new album had been posted for streaming! Although their overall sound hasn’t gone through many HUGE changes since the release of Deathstar Rising, there are quite a few differences Deathstar Rising and Rise of the Phoenix (I don’t know if they purposefully put the word “rise” in both of those albums).

Let’s start out with the first track I heard off the album, which turns out to be the “title” song off the record (which is also not the EXACT title as the album, just like the title track off Deathstar Rising). The thing that stuck out to me the most was the extensive use of black metal-influenced higher-pitched chords. What I’m talking about are those really atmospheric melodic chords used primarily in the more melodic variations of black metal (although they run through all black metal in some way or another, tracing all the way back to the earliest black metal bands from the late 80s). But of course, these chords are being used in a melodic death fashion rather than in the black metal style that most people are used to hearing them in. The amount of blast beats being used throughout the faster parts of the song has gone up as well as the overall style of drumming.

If you strip away the layer of gothic influence and sound, Before the Dawn’s music is in fact the precise definition of melodic death in its purest and most generic sense. Before the Dawn removes their highly recognized gothic layer in some parts of this album, showing the rawness and pureness of their music. But even though this may SOUND like a disappointment, this album still earned the same score from me that their previous album did (even though I still like Deathstar Rising better).

The growls emitted from the throat of Tuomas aren’t quite as deep and spine-chilling as they are in previous albums, but this was probably done on purpose because it fits the less-gothic sound better. Here’s probably one of the most noticeable changes that Before the Dawn has made: there isn’t nearly as much singing. If you’ve heard Soundscape of Silence (my first Before the Dawn album), then you should know that there’s actually a tad bit more singing than growling. In Rise of the Phoenix, there’s next to no singing; which (fortunately) doesn’t decrease the quality of the music in any way.

In Phoenix Rising, Before the Dawn decides to turn down the opacity of their widely recognized layer of gothic sound and expose the rawness of their music to their listeners. To be honest, I’m extremely glad that the gothic feel hasn’t COMPLETELY vanished, but the atmospheric and epic sound that they use to make up for the hole that they left completely blew me away. I would recommend this to everyone and I guarantee you, Rise of the Phoenix does not disappoint.

4 Comments

1 Like

Share
Share to Facebook Share to Myspace Share to Twitter Stumble It Email This More...
Darksaucisse - 30 April 2012: Yeah, I'm agree with you this album is so good ! One of the best of the year !
Crinn - 30 April 2012: this year in general is one of the best years in metal I've ever seen!
djinnie - 02 May 2012: thank you - BTD has been one of those "brilliant but not quite well-enough known, they surely deserve better" bands for way too many years - please spread the word...
Demogorefest - 03 May 2012: I've heard so much praise for this album that i had to give this band another chance (I didn't really care for their last album... something seemed kinda "off"), I'm about halfway through the entire album and so far these melodies are really captivating and fresh, it has a bit of an Insomnium feel to it (which is a HUGE plus in my book) but there's something a bit "heavier" in this album. definitely a great album all around.
    You must be logged in to add a comment

Other productions from Before The Dawn


Other famous albums in Melodic Death