OCTOBER TIDE — Grey Dawn

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Album · 1999

Tracklist

1. Grey Dawn (4:28)
2. October Insight (5:03)
3. Sweetness Dies (5:45)
4. Heart of the Dead (4:16)
5. Floating (6:14)
6. Lost in the Dark (and Then Gone) (5:25)
7. Into Deep Sleep (5:13)
8. Dear Sun (3:32)

Total Time 39:56

Line-up/Musicians

- Mårten Hansen / Vocals
- Fredrik Norrman / Guitars, Bass
- Jonas Renkse / Drums, Guitars

About this release

Label: Avantgarde Music
Release date: November 23rd, 1999

A digipack version of the album is also available.

Remastered and re-released by Peaceville in digipack format (2007)

Thanks to Prog Geo, Time Signature, MorniumGoatahl for the updates

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Time Signature
Floating...

Genre: death doom metal

Normally, I am not too fond of doom metal with growled or harsh vocals, because such vocals lack tonality (thus blocking for melody) and are often, in my opinion incompatible with the otherwise desperate and oppressive and melancholic atmosphere of much doom metal.

But there are certain exceptions.

And this is one of them, and I think that one of the reasons is that Mårten Hansen's harsh vocal delivery semi-screamed vocal delivery, while still atonal, has a feel of desperation to it, which suits the doom-ladden music quite well. Also the music, while still heavy is more uptempo than a lot of other doom metal - it bears some similarity to Paradise Lost's early output (discounting "Lost Paradise"), escept the musicianship is better here than it was in the early days of Paradise Lost.

There is a lot of emphasis on melody which is achieved through melodic single and twin lead guitars in minor harmonies, and, on the whole, everything works just fine on this dark and melancholic release.

I think "Grey Dawn" will appeal to both fans of death doom and more traditional doom metal alike.

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