Dawn Of Destiny – The Beast Inside Review

Score8/10
GenreMelodic/Power Metal
CountryGermany
Runtime56:26
Release Date4 October 2019
Record LabelRam It Down

These days, it’s incredibly difficult to carve out your own distinct space in the metal world. Among the billion or so new bands that come out by the year, it’s simply a numbers game at this point; no matter what your sound is, chances are it’s been done before. Usually, anyway. So, when a band like Dawn of Destiny comes around with a new album, it’s enough to ignite my curiosity. To say that The Beast Inside is unique would be a bit of an understatement. Seriously. It’s so unique that I can’t directly compare its sound to another band or album. Not that I’ve heard every metal record ever (because, obviously, I haven’t), but I’ve listened to my fair share of melodic and power metal, so that should say something.

However, that doesn’t make their sound indescribable or anything of the sort. Most simply, The Beast Inside is a mashup of gothic, progressive, symphonic, and power metal. This fundamental mix is hardly groundbreaking, but the way in which Dawn of Destiny differs from any band I can think of is the way it twists this combination into unconventional songwriting and interesting melodies. The first track, ‘The Beast Inside a Beauty’ is a great example of this. Starting with a light music box melody, it brings the attitude of gothic and symphonic metal together with the driving energy of power metal. It’s also the perfect preview to the album’s overall sound and (although the next two tracks aren’t quite as good) it starts the album off on a high note.

So, yeah, it’s got a unique sound, but what about the musicians? I’m glad you asked! In short, this is a fucking talented group. Jen Faber brings a big, beefy guitar tone to his chugging riffs and, on drums, Philipp Bock goes beyond your basic time-keeping by keeping the grooves dynamic. And those guitar solos? Holy fuck. There are some serious gems, especially in ‘It’s My Fate’. The highlight, though, is Jeanette Scherff‘s strong vocal style. She sings far lower and with way more bravado than you usually hear in this kind of music, making the already-solid choruses even more memorable. Her voice is actually very similar to original Battle Beast and current Burning Point vocalist Nitte Valo. Tying the whole thing together are the keyboards, courtesy of Dirk Raczkiewicz, which fill out the background nicely.

Despite all the praise I have for The Beast Inside, it isn’t perfect. ‘Peace of Mind’ is pretty weak to the point where the album could easily do without it. But, other than the odd awkward verse melody and section, this is pretty much it for shortcomings, which isn’t bad at all, if you ask me.

All things considered, The Beast Inside is an awesome album. The songs range from energetic power metal to heavier, darker metal to unconventional-yet-melodic metal. Some songs are definitely stronger than others, with ‘Signs in the Sky’ and ‘If We Close Our Eyes’ being my favourites, but every track offers something different from the last, so make sure to give the whole album a spin!

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Dawn Of Destiny Release New Single

With their seventh album fast approaching, power metal veterans Dawn of Destiny have released a new single: ‘Already Dead’.

Dawn of Destiny’s new album will be released under Ram It Down Records. Don’t forget to check out The Beast Inside when it arrives on 13 September.

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Crow’s Flight Sign Record Deal

The melodic metal outfit Crow’s Flight have signed a record deal with Ram It Down Records ahead of the release of their second album, which is set to be released on 20 September.

The band released their debut, The Calm Before, under Scandal Music in 2011. So, after eight years of no new material, hopefully a fresh label will be just what the band needs to hit the scene with a fresh take on heavy metal.

The aptly named Storm is set to be released on 20 September.
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Merging Flare – Revolt Regime Review

Score8.5/10
GenreHeavy Power Metal
CountryFinland
Runtime47:41
Release Date14 June 2019
Record LabelRam it Down

Kicking off the summer in a blazing inferno are Finland’s melodic metal masterminds Merging Flare in their second album, Revolt Regime. It’s hot, heavy, and hard as steel, but still maintains that beautiful, cocaine-fueled sense of fun that made 80s heavy metal so fucking awesome.

It’s been eight years since Merging Flare’s debut, which is understandable, considering how many other projects the bandmembers have had on the go in recent years. Axeman Kasperi Heikkinen was still playing for the symphonic outfit Amberian Dawn upon Merging Flare’s debut, and shortly after he was the guitarist for U.D.O. until joining Anton Kabanen’s Beast in Black. On top of that, vocalist Matias Palm and bass player Harri Leinonen have also been involved in numerous bands alongside Merging Flare.

But, the wait has definitely paid off, because Revolt Regime kicks some serious ass. Supporting its 80s metal foundation are absolutely killer riffs and solos, raspy but powerful vocals, and a pounding rhythm section. There’s so much energy coming out of every song that you might want to keep a fire extinguisher handy for when your speakers fucking explode.

Revolt Regime‘s song selection definitely has something for every metal fan. There are some straightforward bangers and double-time power metal drivers, as well as synth-laden choruses from time to time. And, finishing off the album (if you happen to have the bonus track on your copy) is a heartfelt, vocal-rich cover of Laura Branigan’s ‘The Lucky One’. However, the true gems of the album are the victorius ‘Clarion Call’ and shred-crazy ‘War Within’. Both tracks stand above the rest and deliver their own special taste of badassery.

While there’s not a whole lot to complain about, there is one small issue that picks at me from time to time. The mixing in the album makes for some really messy moments, namely in parts of ‘Alliance in Defiance’ and ‘Devastator’. It’s not lost on me that the finish isn’t supposed to be pristine here, but when the bass is nearly absent in sections, a bit more clarity wouldn’t hurt.

With all of its huge melodies and nostalgic riffage, Revolt Regime is a must-listen for fans of Accept, Van Halen, Gamma Ray, Running Wild, and Judas Priest (which, yes, is every fucking one of you).

Merging Flare – Clarion Call (Ram it Down)

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Dawn Of Destiny Sign Onto Ram It Down Records

The female-fronted German power metal outfit Dawn of Destiny have signed onto Ram it Down Records and will release their seventh album under the label in August. As it stands now, no further details have been revealed.

The band was previously signed onto Phonotraxx Publishing (a small label that only covered two other power metal bands: Axxis and Mercury Falling). They released three albums under them, with 2015’s To Hell being their most recent.

If you’ve never heard of the band before, check out ‘To Hell’ below (from their last album, obviously).

Dawn of Destiny – To Hell (Phonotraxx)

This track is a pretty good gauge on what Dawn of Destiny can do. Their brand of power metal is heavy, epic, and melodic, so if you’re browsing this site then you’ll probably dig it!

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