Rating:
8.0
Nu.Clear.Dawn - Poem Of A Knight
11 July 2003


01. Overture
02. The Meeting
03. Falcon And Crow
04. Revolution
05. Horses Of Steel
06. Wounded
07. Memories On The Road
08. Rebirth


Middle East countries are nowadays full of good metal bands but the first country that comes to mind is not Syria. Well, Nu.Clear.Dawn is a progressive metal band hailing from this country with their debut album entitled "Poem Of A Knight" and they deserve your full attention.

As the title suggests, this album has epic power metal melodies but if you look at the length of the songs, well, they definitely make you understand that their music will be something like a mix between Rhapsody and Dream Theater. Well, the truth is not far from it! Keys and drums are basically similar to two bands. The first one is Symphony X, the second is Dream Theater. That's to say that these guys start at the top level of progressive! Meanwhile, Shant Hagopian on guitars apparently takes pleasure in alternating between John Petrucci's style and Luca Turilli's, and it rocks!

Another important element of Nu.Clear.Dawn trademark is the very specific voice of its singer. A way to picture it would be to imagine something even softer than Andre Matos [former singer of Angra] but with sometimes a theatrical aspect that enhanced the epic keyboard lines. Having a good singer is important and this band has one in Amr Rifai.

"Poem Of A Knight" is a good album, with a very well designed artwork, good lyrics but on top of all that the music is really interesting. From the beautiful intro to the climax of "Rebirth" [the best song on this album], the band plays with talent and with heart. In my opinion, the highlights are 'Rebirth' [8 minutes of progressive beauty], 'Falcon And Crow' with its dark progressive atmosphere [kind of Evergrey] and the ballad 'Wounded', in which Amr Rifai shines on vocals.

Now the two big drawbacks of this album are: first, the production could have been better [drums and vocals should be more exposed, keyboards less important], second, while the keys are great, they sometimes take too much place such as in the first half of 'Revolution'.

Despite of its title, 'Poem Of A Knight' is far from being the usual stereotype of power metal. Instead, Nu.Clear.Dawn plays a very nice progressive metal, inspired, sometimes with happy melodies, sometimes with dark atmospheres, but the result is great and the originality of their music should be sufficient to check them out for any metal fan. These guys have talent and I hope a promising future and major labels such as Limb Music Production could sign Nu.Clear.Dawn without shame.


Band profile: Nu.Clear.Dawn
Album: Poem Of A Knight


 


written by Demonic Tutor | 07.10.2003



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ChaosLogic - 21.05.2007 at 15:47  
Nu.Clear.Dawn released the first real Metal Album in Syria ... they were the spark and they stood for it ...they inspired and helped all the bands here in syria ....the band memebrs are great musicians ... this band show how records companies nowadays don't look at the music as a priority ... justy cuz of their syrian nationality they didn't get a record deal YET ... a gr8 debut for a band who later on became the Best Known Progressive band in Asia and The Middle East ...after all they were in Rock The Nations Festeval in Turkey Two years ago ...and Andy Kuntz from 'Vanden Plas' gave them a special thanx ..
Good Luck for them ...now they're working on the Second Album
Land Of Doom - 09.12.2008 at 03:55  
A good Album From Nu.clear.dawn And we are waiting the new album
Joker - 19.02.2009 at 03:13  
Well, this band is a big great band, u know why, cz they play everything, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Savatage pianos, Stratovarius keys and effects, Mike Portnoy drumming (dance of eternity and others..), yngwie malmsteen solos (evil eye), Rhapsody stuff, Evergrey, varius vocalists styles, wow, these guys listen to alot of metal, the main musical concept throughout the album is Metropolis 2, under that concept u play whaterver u want from the above mentioned bands and styles, and that's it, excellent, Oops, something missing, oh yeah, epic powermetal story and cover, genius.
do u wanna know what i call this album, A Crap Metal Mastershit
they must cure their schizophernia before playing music, it's a tranform band, a mix of bands and musicians. Creativity, Inner thoughts, musical identity, what r u talking about, bullshit, just rip off and sound like whoever u wanna-be....
this is big joke band, and the sad thing is that ppl in syria likes them, why, cz they're the first band, n they sound great....well, to me they sound STOLEN, and it's more than perfectly clear...
qlacs - 16.06.2012 at 11:34  
Written by Joker on 19.02.2009 at 03:13

Well, this band is a big great band, u know why, cz they play everything, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Savatage pianos, Stratovarius keys and effects, Mike Portnoy drumming (dance of eternity and others..), yngwie malmsteen solos (evil eye), Rhapsody stuff, Evergrey, varius vocalists styles, wow, these guys listen to alot of metal, the main musical concept throughout the album is Metropolis 2, under that concept u play whaterver u want from the above mentioned bands and styles, and that's it, excellent, Oops, something missing, oh yeah, epic powermetal story and cover, genius.
do u wanna know what i call this album, A Crap Metal Mastershit
they must cure their schizophernia before playing music, it's a tranform band, a mix of bands and musicians. Creativity, Inner thoughts, musical identity, what r u talking about, bullshit, just rip off and sound like whoever u wanna-be....
this is big joke band, and the sad thing is that ppl in syria likes them, why, cz they're the first band, n they sound great....well, to me they sound STOLEN, and it's more than perfectly clear...

so you cannot imagine how a band looks like in a place where metal music has no roots.

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