Dawn On Sedna - Our Sky Has Changed review




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Band: Dawn On Sedna
Album: Our Sky Has Changed
Release date: May 2016


01. Our Sky Has Changed
02. Amniotic Sea
03. The Rest
04. Adlivun Rituals
05. Descending Path
06. Five Degrees On The Sky Line
07. Flat Circle Time


Dawn On Sedna are a post-metal act hailing from Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy. So I'm going to take the easy way out and use food metaphors to describe the album. Lazy on my part? Sure. But Italian food is great, and so is this album.

Ok, so now I've lured you in with food. Good. Might as well go with it, as Our Sky Has Changed is post metal, and I've always found post metal difficult to describe.

A fine Italian meal comes spread over antipasto, primo (first course), secondo (second course), the contorno, and the dulce. And, of course, vino. Lots of vino. The antipasti are appetizers, something to nibble on before the meal begins, the primo is the pasta (or soup or rice course), the secondo is the meat/protein of the meal, accompanied by the contorno, some veggies. And you have the dulce, the sweet, to end the meal. Along with vino.

So what does this have to do with Dawn On Sedna, aside from the obvious Italian connection?

Surprisingly a lot considering how cheesy a review format/approach this is.

Just like the aforementioned meal is created by incorporating so many components, so is a good post metal album. Our Sky Has Changed does a great job of mixing in the quiet bits that set the table for songs, the pasta, which provides the bedrock of the melodic portion of the record. The secondo is the slab of raw meat that comprises the explosive METAL portions of the music. The contorno/veg being the harsh vocals. Sometimes you get the veggies you enjoy and it pairs wonderfully. And sometimes, for me, anyways, you get some vegetable that just rubs you the wrong way and you wish your meal was served without. Looking at you, eggplant. This case, nice work. The dulces are the calm, sweet bits that help offset the heavier food and the vino, will, the vino gives you a nice tingle while stringing the whole thing together.

While the meal comes out one course at a time, Our Sky Has Changed does a great job navigating these sonic flavors, weaving them up and down, in and out throughout the songs and record. It's not just the standard melody build up to melody* (*Now with distortion pedal!), the music varies as it goes.

I've listened to the record probably three to four times a week all month, continued to enjoy it each pass through despite not once coming up with a better way to word my appreciation without culinary metaphors. So don't hold the band accountable for my struggles.

If you like post metal, I highly recommend checking it out. Conveniently you can do so via bandcamp.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 6
Production: 8


 



Written on 27.11.2016 by BitterCOld has been officially reviewing albums for MetalStorm since 2009.


Comments

Comments: 7   Visited by: 123 users
28.11.2016 - 03:36
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
SSDB. The production is not the best, sounds like someone forgot to remove the damp kitchen towel from the bread stick basket. Also, the guttural growls will make Symphonies Of Sickness - era Carcass proud. The musicianship is good, song structures catchy, and they do remind of Moanaa a bit. Thanks for the fun review Craig, now I am hungry for Italian, lol.
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28.11.2016 - 12:07
BloodTears
ANA-thema
I've been wanting to check this out for a while. This review reinforces it. Better get that meal soon!
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.


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28.11.2016 - 21:28
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Oh Craig, here is another Italian post metal release from 2016 - dam good.
Naat | bandcamp
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30.11.2016 - 13:40
Merchant of Doom
It's "dolce", not "dulce"... Nice album...
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30.11.2016 - 14:42
BitterCOld
waltrsobchakheit
Written by Merchant of Doom on 30.11.2016 at 13:40

It's "dolce", not "dulce"... Nice album...


d'oh, used to the Spanish version. hooray for dulce de leche. nice to see you are still alive.

and yes, it is a really enjoyable album.
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03.12.2016 - 13:09
Merchant of Doom
Written by BitterCOld on 30.11.2016 at 14:42

Written by Merchant of Doom on 30.11.2016 at 13:40

It's "dolce", not "dulce"... Nice album...


d'oh, used to the Spanish version. hooray for dulce de leche. nice to see you are still alive.

and yes, it is a really enjoyable album.


thanks... I'm still alive... I still visit from time to time... best website to get an overall view of metal releases...
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07.12.2016 - 18:09
cobrapel
Concept One
Very good pranzo
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