DARK HOUND – Dawning

DARK HOUND - Dawning
  • 9/10
    DARK HOUND - Dawning - 9/10


Independent Release
Release date: January 19, 2018

User Review
6/10 (1 vote)

Nashville—a city well-renowned for its legacy of Country music, the Grand Ole Opry, the CMA awards, and top-shelf Metal. Wait, what? Not yet, anyhow, but if Dark Hound can capture the listeners that they deserve with second album Dawning they’ll muscle a greater share of the musical space in a town known more for black cowboy hats than black leather (Johnny Cash excepted). Dawning assaults with a confidence, swagger and sound akin to bands from Savannah, Georgia, the southern U.S. city with perhaps the most well-established and vibrant Metal scene of the past few decades. Like Savannah bands Baroness, Black Tusk, and Kylesa, not to mention the other Georgia juggernaut Mastodon, Dark Hound rocks with a very modern Metal sound that combines elements of Thrash, Psychedelia, and straightforward Metal, launching forward with virtuosic musicianship, odd tunings and ever-shifting time signatures.

All these blended elements keep listeners in a heightened state of near-breathless anticipation, both from the constant barrage of heaviness and because one is never quite sure where the music is going next—songs could veer off from a quiet interlude or a solid Thrash pocket into a fiery dual guitar solo at the same time the drums downshift, or an edgy riff that forms the entire foundation of the songs opening and first verse could be entirely abandoned by the second. Listening to Dawning, one gets the sense that Dark Hound are both exploring uncharted territory while at the same time presenting a sound that has been carefully, painstakingly crafted over time—a thrilling and disorienting experience.



  • Daniel Waters

    Daniel was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind wasn’t the first Metal album he owned, but it was the one that lifted the lid off his soul when he received the record as a gift on his 15th birthday. He's been a Metal fan ever since. He's probably best known as the author of various Young Adult novels such as the Generation Dead series and the ghost story Break My Heart 1,000 Times, now also a major motion picture entitled I Still See You, starring Bella Thorne. Writing and music, especially Heavy Metal music, has always been inextricably linked in his mind and career. His first paid gig doing any type of writing was for Cemetery Dance, where he wrote a horror-themed music column called Dead Beats, and when he was writing the first Generation Dead novel he had a ritual where he started his writing day with a Metal playlist that kicked off with “Crushing Belial” by Shadows Fall.

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