Dawn of Disease
Ascension Gate
(Napalm Records)

For someone who doesn’t usually go for those fashionable death metal bands, this 80s thrash buff, was more than surprised. I found myself listening to certain tracks over and over. “Passage,” the album opener, is the best intro track I have come across in a while. Not only does it set the tone for the rest of the album, giving a solid foundation for the following tracks to build off, but it’s one of those songs that kind of just catches you off guard and pulls you in, a song you immediately like the first time hearing it.

“Passage” leads you into “Perimortal” a song I think captures the album’s style and feel in one, four-minute listen. I had this one on repeat for a hot second, my favorite off the record, it has solid percussion driving the song, and a masterfully crafted guitar harmony line over the top. These two really marry the song to what I feel really makes the it; the vocals. Now, not that there is anything beautiful or acutely amazing about the vocals, but they do show the ability to do heavy vocals and still form a melody and not just heavy growls etc. a thing I think many metal bands rely too heavily on these days.

The title track “Ascension Gate,” didn’t really capture me all that much. It was good but there were other songs I would choose to hit play on over this one.

Ascension Gate has more of a doom metal feel, with a tiny bit of sludge thrown in and it has a great groove to it, so if doom is what you’re looking for, this is a great one. One thing I can objectively say is, the biggest thing Dawn of Disease has going for them, is their tightness as a band. Their tempo and rhythm is always on, no discrepancies there, all the guitar transitions are smooth, and right in line with the vocals. They’re a solid death metal band, that does well representing the German metal scene.

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Macie is an alternative music journalist in Los Angeles. She has been writing about music and spreading the word about bands since she was 14. Her favorite band is Alice in Chains and she enjoys spending her time going to shows, playing various instruments, writing for New Noise of course and collecting vinyl records.

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