As I write these lines, there's a service taking place in the park right behind me. The sun is shining, there's a soft, warm breeze and the approximately 1500 good, Christian people attending the service are being entertained by a Copenhagen vicar, a girl with an acoustic guitar and a rapper who's throwing Christian messages and handsigns at the innocent youths in front of him, one of them being my eleven-year-old daughter who has decided to become a part of one of the scout organizations here in Denmark. Oh, the joys of being a parent! And, oh, the joys of contrast!
The music resounding my ears is far from a choir of angels, let alone the girl with the acoustic guitar behind me. No, what I'm listening to is a roar from below, a rumble from the Danish metal underground. This is a hammer of spite and venom which would crush that well-meaning girl with the acoustic guitar in one sweeping blow, had the death metal quintet from Silkeborg and Aarhus entered the wee stage in this lovely little park in a Copenhagen suburb.
And, man, I wish they would!
Now, three full-length releases down the line, Dawn Of Demise seem no less hungry for blood than they did when 'Hate Takes Its Form' came out. The style is still brutal, technical death metal, and where the first two efforts were something I believe I then defined as Suffocation with Nevermore sitting on its shoulders, the needle points more in the direction of Suffocation this time around.
Brutal riffs, lots of groove, lots of breaks and time shifts, well-placed and excellently executed solos plus Scott Jensen's trademark growl, 'Rejoice In Vengeance' has everything a great death metal album should entail.
'Now, why don't you just fuckin' die' is the opening question of the album, and, well, yeah, if dying means listening to the sort of quality death metal that comes from Dawn Of Demise, then feel free to swing that blade, mate.
Three tracks you don't want to miss:
He Rises Again - explores the lighter side of Dawn Of Demise and has one of coolest riffs of the album.
Indulge In Perversity - Morbid Angel feel and a good deal of Suffocation too. A heads-down headbanger tune.
The Immaculate Slaughter - brutal death metal ditty which features Scott in a lovely duet with Frank Rini from Internal Bleeding.