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Just Before Dawn – Tides of Blood

just before dawn – tides of blood

Sometimes you only need one tone to hear by whom the band you are listening to is inspired. Let me assure you, Just Before Dawn is definitely one of those bands, and in a good way. After a war-themed intro you can only imagine the blokes of Just Before Dawn stepped into the Panzerkampfwagen IV, Ausf. H with 2 Rucklauflos Kanone, that Bolt Thrower left behind and Memoriam couldn’t start. Many are influenced by the mighty UK powerhouse but only a few come close to the riffs and groove. I dare to say Just Before Dawn comes as close as Commander Arthur “Bomber” Harris with his bombings during WWII. And once again with Just Before Dawn…don’t forget Hail of Bullets. Also on this album there are a lot of guest vocalists (like David Ingram (who is a permanent member now), Matias Nastolin (Decaying) and Ralf Hauber (Revel of Flesh)) and it can give some nice variation within a battle hymn, like during “Market Garden”. The mix of a brutal growl and the “Martin van Drunen”-style vocals gives it an extra dimension, but I’m a huge fan of the aforementioned vocal style. This is without doubt a very good Old School Death Metal album and if you’re disappointed how Memoriam turned out to be (certainly after the “The Hellfire Demos” 7”), just buy this album without checking it out first. Go home, put it on and enjoy the sounds of War raging at you. (Ricardo)