DAWN OF DESTINY
Power Metal / Progressive Metal • Germany

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Dawn of Destiny are a German progressive power metal band founded in Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, during 2005. The female fronted act's music draws on symphonic influences and more recently, melodic death metal. They have released four full-length albums to date up to and including 2012's Praying to the World.

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Begins
Power Metal 2007
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Rebellion In Heaven
Power Metal 2008
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Human Fragility
Power Metal 2009
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Praying to the World
Power Metal 2012
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Progressive Metal 2014

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Power Metal 2011

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DAWN OF DESTINY F.E.A.R

Album · 2014 · Progressive Metal
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F.E.A.R. (2014), standing for Forgotten, Enslaved, Admired, Released (and nothing to do with the video game that used the same acronym, as did cross my mind when I first saw the title) is the fifth full-length album by German power metal act Dawn of Destiny. For this album the band collaborated with two guest vocalists, namely Mats Levén (Candlemass, Krux, ex-Yngwie J. Malmsteen et al) and Jon Oliva (Savatage, Jon Oliva's Pain et al).

Contrary to what I just wrote about Dawn of Destiny being a power metal act the music on F.E.A.R. is actually progressive metal with only scant elements of power metal to be found, along with some backing symphonic elements. Dawn of Destiny have of course always been a progressive power metal act anyway but they're really gone to town on making their progressive side stand out all the more this time around. Compared to their previous release Praying to the World (2012) it's almost like a completely different band. I was sceptical about this change at first. I did quite enjoy Praying to the World and I went to that album for a power metal album, even though as a power metal release it did tend to jump completely out of the genre a fair bit, in hindsight perhaps hinting at the sound that F.E.A.R. brings to the table.

I ended up rating Praying to the World pretty highly when I reviewed it (89/100) so any follow-up was always going to have its work cut out to make a better impression. I try to be as objective as possible with my ratings though, so even though I enjoyed Praying to the World a lot it wasn't an album that I kept listening to, only revisiting recently because of F.E.A.R.'s release. This is where the non-stylistic differences between the two albums become apparent though; I liked Praying to the World. I love F.E.A.R.

But let's just back up a bit here. Yes, Dawn of Destiny have changed direction a bit with this album which is no doubt going to disappoint fans who listened to them for their power metal, and there really isn't that much power metal on F.E.A.R.. Songs like Rising Angel and Finally, the seventh and eighth tracks respectively, strike me as being the most power metal orientated of the bunch. Up until these the band only used quick bursts of speed to give a nod to the genre. Dawn of Destiny really hasn't changed that much though. Power metal is a fast paced genre so the real difference here is tempo. The music still has the melody of power metal as well as catchy choruses. The songs typical do things the way power metal would in other words without the speedy instrumentation. The result has allowed the band to be more creative without paying attention to the constraints of power metal rhythms. It's infinitely more progressive than Praying to the World ever was. Perhaps ironically though those two power metal songs both turned out to be album highlights.

How the vocals are handled is another difference in sound. There are a lot more clean male vocals on F.E.A.R.. Praying to the World was basically lead female voice by Jeanette Scherff with support from both clean and growled male voice by Jens Faber. What with the two guests as well it does feel sometimes that Jeanette Scherff has been pushed aside a bit. There even a song like No Hope for the Healing which is male voice dominant. Most of the time it's a pretty even split though. This isn't a problem for me as such, but I do think Jeanette Scherff has a pretty great voice and she's easily the vocal star of the album (just as she was on Praying to the World) so there are plenty of lines here that I wish she'd sung as opposed to one of the guys. Once again I question the need for growls in Dawn of Destiny's music, but they're not used overmuch this time around and I have to admit I do think the growls were quite effective in the opening And with Silence Comes the Fear at least.

F.E.A.R. will no doubt be a surprise to fans of their previous work but once one gets over the shock that the lack of power metal in the album brings it's pretty clear that Dawn of Destiny have produced a really accomplished album that is catchy but full of epic progressive metal instrumentation. It is not perfect, but it is jam packed with excellent material. It was only really the last track To Live is to Suffer that I found to be of a lesser standard as it was quite repetitive. I only started listening to Dawn of Destiny with Praying to the World (which was the album that Jeanette Scherff joined on) but out of those two I'm very confident that F.E.A.R. is the more accomplished release. 4.5 stars and it was very, very close to getting the full 5.

94/100

(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven: http://metaltube.freeforums.org/dawn-of-destiny-f-e-a-r-t3389.html)

DAWN OF DESTINY Praying to the World

Album · 2012 · Power Metal
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Praying to the World is the fourth full-length album from German power metal act Dawn of Destiny. It is the band’s first outing with new lead vocalist Jeanette Scherff not counting a 2011 demo. Praying to the World was released in 2012 and marks the end to their longest break between albums, having previously delivered an album each year from 2007 – 2009.

Praying to the World is one of those power metal releases where a lot more stuff is being drawn into the band’s sound rather than following any typical formula. The album can just as much be considered a progressive metal album and there are also symphonic parts to be had here and there. Some of the vocals are also growled, going against the norm for power metal as such although the use of growling in power metal is something I’ve been noticing more and more with new power metal albums. Sometimes it feels with the music it’s a case of having growls because they can have growls. Dawn of Destiny certainly aren’t alone in this but are fortunate that the growling in their music works a lot better than in has in some albums I’ve heard that have adopted the approach, although it took me a few listens to the album in order to realise that.

It doesn’t on the other hand took a few listens to know that aside from the questionable use of growling, Dawn of Destiny’s Praying to the World is well composed, catchy and often intense power metal album full of fast riffs, progressive influence aplenty and epic qualities. Jeanette Scherff has pretty much the perfect voice for the music as well, which is a major bonus, especially in those epic sections I mentioned. With a voice like that the growling isn’t really needed, which although it does work well enough is the major drawback to using it at all. My enjoyment of the album isn’t lessened an awful lot, but yes, I think you could add Dawn of Destiny to the list of bands who’ve fallen into the ‘we need growls!’ trap.

Praying to the World is a long album, about sixty-five minutes for the regular edition and about another ten minutes on that for the special edition which includes two bonus tracks. Despite the length of either version it’s not a difficult listen to get stuck into due to its highly consistent compositions and thus the tendency to throw out track after track that each have their own claims to being among the best the album has to offer. I’m not even going to attempt to sort out a few highlights or even personal favourites. It’s that good that the only true highlight is Praying to the World, the album, not the title track. Highly recommended despite my issues with the growling.

8.9/10

(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven (http://metaltube.freeforums.org) on 06/09/2012)

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