Ultimately the band just don't sound like they want me to cry along with them. That's what the problem is. They're talented individuals, I have to give them that much, but there's a difference between playing well and playing something that's good.
Unfortunately I just don't feel it with these guys. That can be said for a lot of genres, but it stands out for melodic death.
A band like Before The Dawn teetered on this plateau more than once, with only one previous instance of a breakout. Deadlight was years before, and for their swansong, Before The Dawn goes down with their most ambitious, passionate, and compelling release in their career.
Deathstar Rising was plagued by already decent clean vocals sung in an awkward way and inappropriately utilized.
It compromised the songwriting, which at times was hampered by the instrumentation anyway. The link that bound them to that crippling crutch was, thankfully, now gone for good, leaving Saukkonen with full vocal duties.
That means everything sung here is harsh vocals, and for the better. The harsh vocals here are a notch heavier than before, with a noticeable end-grunt to them.
Never in my life had I wished a metal band incorporated fucking blast beats in order to make the songs interesting, and damn it Before The Dawn did it here.
It ruins the flow by starting out softly and rising to become another powerhouse. After it the band resumes its offensive of polished, riff-fueled frenzies.
Every song here has focus and payoff that leaves me wanting more. There will always be bands in music that you just does not understand why they have become as big as they are.
What is it with this band that makes them stand out? I could not find it on their last release, Deathstar Rising, and I do not think i have found it her on Rise of The Phoenix either.
But first I have to admit that this album is better than the previous offering. Mostly because there is only harsh vocals here since Lars Eikind left the band last year.
The thing about Before The Dawn that really gets to me all the time is the melodies. Sure, they are beautiful and good but are they original?
I have heard several bands putting out similar material. Some has made it better and some has made it worse. I would barely put this album in the better category cause even though the songs are good, the whole experience is just one big mash up.
The songs in Rise of The Phoenix does not do much to stand out against the others. Everything goes around in the same tempo and the structure of the songs are just changed slightly.
It gets quite boring from time to time. The only thing that is saving Rise of The Phoenix from being some what of a disaster is that the album has no lows.
Let us do the math. So the consistency of Before The Dawn is a savior for the band. I'd rather have an album filled with songs that I am okay with instead of a album with fillers.
It makes a greater wholeness to the album itself. But if you would put a gun on my head and demand an answer to which song you should listen to on this album I would pick "Cross To Bear" Since it is the only song that is some what memorable.
So yeah, Rise of The Phoenix definetely beats its predecessor but it doesn't convince me that Before The Dawn is a band that I should look more into.
I hope that the band continue on this road cause they may be heading for something really good. But so far I am unimpressed.
Songs worthy of recognition: Melodic metal, ah the sweet sounds of heavy riffing and soaring guitar melodies. Melodic metal, though a general term, certainly is one of the oldest forms of the genre, and can be traced back to heavyweights such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, and in some instances has changed little since then.
While being a splendid album to listen to, it no doubt struggles under the weight of its own genericism. The album starts off with an intro track, something I think is necessary for metal such as this.
It works to put the listener into the mood for metal and sets the stage for the rest of the record. After that the songwriting comes into full effect.
The songwriting on this work has two main components, that of the heavy riff, and the melodic riff. The melodic riffs and solos sometimes run together, and I feel as if they over-do it in that sense.
This causes some of the songs to run together, something that relatively traditional metal should avoid. At best, these riffs are emotional and create a powerful effect in the song, sometimes launching it to a height of feeling that the vocalist on the record does not often reach.
Harmonies add flavor to the lines and give them an even stronger punch. The Bennu was considered a manifestation of the resurrected Osiris and the bird was often shown perched in his sacred willow tree.
At the close of the first century Clement of Rome became the first Christian to interpret the myth of the phoenix as an allegory of the resurrection and of life after death.
The phoenix was also compared to undying Rome, and it appears on the coinage of the late Roman Empire as a symbol of the Eternal City.
Perhaps the most well known, the Arabian phoenix was a fabulous mythical bird, said to be as large as an eagle, with brilliant scarlet and gold plumage and a melodious cry.
Making it's home near a cool well, the Phoenix would appear at dawn every morning to sing a song so enchanting that even the great sun god Apollo would stop to listen.
It was said that only one phoenix existed at any one time, and it is very long-lived with a life span of years, years, years, years or even 12, years according to various accounts.
As the end of its life approached, the phoenix would build a pyre nest of aromatic branches and spices such as myrrh, sets it on fire, and is consumed in the flames.
After three days the birth -- or as some legends say a rebirth -- the phoenix arises from the ashes. According to some sources, the phoenix arose from the midst of the flames.
The young phoenix gathers the ashes of its predecessor into an egg of myrrh and takes it to Heliopolis, the city of the sun, to deposit it on the alter of the sun god.
A symbolic representation of the Death and rebirth of the sun. It is also described as being either eagle like or heron like. It lives on dew, killing nothing and crushing nothing that it touches.
Generally considered the king of birds. It has alternatively been called the bird of the sun, of Assyria, of Arabia, of the Ganges, the long-lived bird and the Egyptian bird.
The earliest reference to the Phoenix was made by Hesiod in the 8th century B. In Chinese mythology, the phoenix is the symbol of high virtue and grace, of power and prosperity.
It represents the union of yin and yang. It was thought to be a gentle creature, alighting so gently that it crushed nothing, and eating only dewdrops.
It symbolized the Empress usually in a pairing with a dragon the dragon representing the Emperor , and only Empress could wear the phoenix symbol.
The phoenix represented power sent from the heavens to the Empress. If a phoenix was used to decorate a house it symbolized that loyalty and honesty was in the people that lived there.
Jewelry with the phoenix design showed that the wearer was a person of high moral values, and so the phoenix could only be worn by people of great importance.
The Chinese phoenix was thought to have the beak of a cock, the face of a swallow, the neck of a snake, the breast of a goose, the back of a tortoise, hindquarters of a stag and the tail of a fish.
A common depiction of the Feng Huang was of it attacking snakes with its talons and its wings spread. In fact images of the phoenix have appeared throughout China for well over years.
Often in jade and originally on good-luck totems. Although during the Han period years ago the phoenix was used as a symbol depicting the direction south shown as a male and female phoenix facing each other.
It carried two scrolls in its bill, and its song included the five whole notes of the Chinese scale I don't exactly know how it could sing with its mouth full.
Its feathers were of the five fundamental colors: