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Troglodyte Dawn : Troglodyte Dawn

Ever since the time of Trouble there have been several old-school doom metal bands with christian messages. Troglodyte Dawn is one of the more recent bands to appear in this line. This can make the lyrics sound very preaching, but in some cases they also seem to be personal experiences or thoughts. There are a lot of psalms involved in the influences, but a copy of Plato's cave allegory that's printed on the inlay, suggests that there is also some deeper and philosophical reasoning.

Many of the musical influences come from bands such as Black Sabbath, Trouble and Place of Skulls. But traditional doom metal elements aren't the only ones present. Amongst others you can find old-school hard rock, ambient, indie and alternative. All of this is neatly placed together to create something highly unusual within our genre: an aura of hope. Still many of the tracks contain everything important for the genre. The heaviness is present, epic vocals, occasional clear references to old giants, and a very strong groove.

In some ways the album seems to be a journey from the time of 'Fallen World (including "Human Race")' - which is set before the birth of Christ when the world was dark and meaningless - to 'Look on the Cross' where Jesus is crucified. The final track, 'Dawn', can then be seen in many different lights. This very track refers to Isaiah 9:2: "The People walking in darkness have seen a great light: on those living in the land of the shadow of death. A light has dawned." Does this symbolize the rebirth of Christ? Or perhaps it is symbolic of the forgiveness of sin and introduction of meaning to life that followed in the wake of his death?

Finally some trivia. The track 'Dood' actually features a didgeridoo and aborginal rhythms, which is quite unique for a doom album.

After focusing so much on the religious aspects of this CD, I might expect atheists to shun this CD. However, the music itself holds a high standard and unless you feel truly offended by the lyrics, I'd still recommend people to give this a try.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. 667
2. Fallen World (including "Human Race")
3. Redeemed
4. Longing
5. Forever After
6. Flower
7. Dood
8. Lust (including "Testimony" and "Droon")
9. Look on the Cross
10. Dawn

Duration : Approx. 53 minutes.

Visit the Troglodyte Dawn bandpage.

Reviewed on 12-12-2008 by Arnstein Petersen
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