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Review: Urn - Dawn of the Devastation
Dawn of the Devastation

Label: No Sign of Life
Year released: 2006
Duration: 41:37
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black/Thrash

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: November 22, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Dawn of the Devastation

Rated 4.23/5 (84.62%) (13 Votes)

Ah yes, more URN!  2001's "666 Megatons" was quite the kick in the ass, a violent and raw slab of Black/Thrash.  "Dawn of the Devastation" didn't click as quickly as its predecessor, however.  This release is more polished and tame, so it doesn't hit quite as hard on the first listen.  I say "more polished and tame", but this is still URN we're talking about, so it's not like we're anywhere near flower metal territory, far, faaar from that (duh.)  This might not be as in-your-face as their previous opus, but you still get an (un)healthy dose of raw, violent and convincing blackened Thrash, complete with very harsh-yet-decipherable vocals that spit hate 50 metres away, thunderous and powerful drums and of course the raw and abrasive guitar work one would expect for the genre.  As with the previous album, you still get the feeling that this is a never-ending song, but you're so busy trying to survive this musical onslaught that you'll notice this only in retrospect, making this quite a moot point in my opinion.  One exception, the album closer, "Heavy as Hell" is a metal anthem that is slightly more "up beat" than the rest of the album, so it stands apart a little.  Now this is URN, so while it shares some cheesiness with your run of the mill metal anthem, this one is on steroids and will pump you up and make you punch in the face anyone dismissing this number as cheesy.  The energy, rawness and violence of the other tracks is still present on this one.

As a big fan of "666 Megatons", my first reaction to this album was lukewarm, but after a few spins I ended up just putting the damn thing on repeat already and then never felt the urge to hit the stop button.  Old school, raw, demented, evil and devoid of any commercial trends, this puppy should please most fans of blackened Thrash (yeah, there's always someone to nitpick, so I'd rather not say "all fans". ;))  Again, URN are not re-inventing or innovating anything but damn, do they ever get this genre right.

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