“Conjuration of the Maskim’s Black Blood” opens with amazing riffing and unfathomable drumming. The vocals are other worldly. Right off, I got a creepy vibe from this band. Not sure if it’s their image or their music, both amaze me and both make me want to jam this shit ’til the cows come home and turn inside out. Synths give off a very chilling vibe. This band, while remaining in the black metal vein, has branched out and incorporated melodic death and symphonic elements that really set this band apart from anything I have heard before. Fantastic opening track. “Nyarlathotep’s Children of the Void” opens with a riff that reminds me of some ’90s death metal. The vocals are fucking epic. I don’t know what kind of influences or childhood repressed memories this dude has, but they are seriously working in his advantage. Very old school riffing remains along with blast beat drumming and constant tempo changes. One second it’s melodic black metal, then doom. It’s crazy. Vocalist switches up. You can understand him, actually. And to tell the truth, now that I can hear the lyrics, I am kind of afraid of this band. I love that the tracks don’t drag along like a lot of black metal bands do. DOA are straightforward, to the point and killer. “Seething the Flesh in the River of Phlegethon” opens with a fucking fantastic lead guitar line. The eerie synths are back and giving off a creepy, sinister vibe about the song already. The band utilized chugga riffs, which I like. This band is really setting the bar high as fuck. Very unique and quite capable of genre bending, as they are doing so well. Nice solo. I don’t get to say that enough in black metal related subjects, but I’m glad I can now. I think the main reason I love this band is the fact that no two songs sound alike. Every song adds something different to the table. The big, horrible, scary, evil table. You may have seen the utterly disturbing video for “Transformation within Fictional Mutation.” If not, I’d suggest you do so. Really gave me an idea of what DOA were about. And I am seriously worried about crossing these guys in a dark alley. The synths remind me of Cradle of Filth around the Nymphetamine era. Very nice chugga riffing. Not just bullshit. There is a lot of melody in there. Great lead guitar work. Vocals are again sickening. The keyboard solo is fantastic. Might seem a little out of place, but that’s what makes it great. Very creepy guitar solo. Very. “The Ancient Draining Room” opens with another great riff job. Still has a sort of old school vibe to it. The song structure is about the same in all of the songs, but still none sound alike. Great solo. This band is very tight as a whole. They don’t fuck around, they take all of this very serious. And I gathered that all over the coarse of a few songs. “Reanimation of the Dark Ages” picks right up from the end of the previous song. Water running, creepy synths, symbols. Seems like an intro for a Dimmu album to me. Weird.
“London’s Anthem for the Pleasure of Mutilation” is a fucking fury of death metal mastery. This song is ripping me a new asshole as I type. Lead guitar… No, not just the lead guitar, the entire band’s musician ship is off the charts. Superb guitar solo. This band is world-destroying. I hope they are proud. Extremity hits the fucking fan when the track nears the end. The vocalist put everything he had behind the last minute of this track. “Sacrilegious Reflection” also has great guitar work, both lead and chugga-chugga rhythm. Vocalist is reminding me of Nergal at times. I am running out of ways to describe how awesome this band is. Seriously, I am. I used up all of my mannerisms. The lead guitar keeps a steady, eerie sound flowing nicely along with the synth. The sheer brutality right from the get go of “God-Like-Demon” should be enough to get any metal head up and swinging his noggin. If that’s no enough, the evil-as-fuck vocals should do it. I can’t even imagine a live version of this song. It’s so catchy and evil and fucking amazing. Definitely my favorite track. Amazing, sawing guitars, machine gun drumming, it’s like Kataklysm addicted to Mayhem. Nice old school chugging riffs top this track off and make it even better. Riffing around the 4:14 mark reminds me of Hooded Menace’s “Fulfilling The Curse” which is amazing, seeing as I fucking love that track. Damn it, that was an epic experience. “Carnal Consummation in the Empty Space” opens with a nice, apocalyptic sound to it before crushing everything in it’s path in order to make way for the fucking beast that is Dawn of Ashes. This riff is very memorable and catchy as well. Reminds of Heaven Shall Burn a little. Nice melodic riff-based breakdown. This entire album has beckoned head banging. This is one of the best albums I have heard, not just this year, but in my entire time listening to metal. I wasn’t sure about DOA when I first started hearing the name, but was I wrong. This album is a fucking masterpiece in metal. This band will stick around for years to come. “Beginning of the End (Epilogue)” emerges like a creature from the unholy swamp. Slowly creeping into a doom-based riff overlaid by an amazing lead guitar. This track isn’t that fast or brutal, but it remains DOA all the way through. This just goes to prove even more how diverse a band this truely is. I am falling in love with this lead guitar line. I want to marry it. Musically, I am again reminded of Hooded Menace only faster. The ending is kind of creepy. A weird piano medley fading out into nothingness. And that is Dawn of fucking Ashes. Damn.