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Review: The Horn - Dawning of an Ancient Sun
The Horn
Dawning of an Ancient Sun

Label: Haarbn Productions
Year released: 2008
Duration: 78:25
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: May 7, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 3.54/5 (70.77%) (13 Votes)

The least I can say about Dawning of an Ancient Sun is that it is epic! Just take a look at the cover art, and you'll get a pretty good idea as to what to expect on this disc.

The music on this album is mystical, while very influenced by the Egyptian civilization. I know little about this band, but what I've found on Myspace is that The Horn is a one man project hailing from Australia. Dawning of an Ancient Sun is the band's very first release, which happens to be a compilation of sort. It contains eight songs; the first seven lasting from one to seven minutes, and the closing track clocks in at over 53 minutes. Epic stuff! Maybe even a little too much, because I'm not sure many will be able to last through it all. The overall feel here is Oriental Black Metal. The guitars are distorted, the keyboards are either epic or Oriental sounding, the vocals are raspy with wickedness in them, and a drum machine is used, alas! That is what is weakening the musical structure, since the mechanical sound is kind of annoying. Hopefully this will be corrected in the future. Most of the time, the mood is not too heavy, due to frequent ambient passages, while some crunchier parts are also found here and there.

Off the eight tracks, the ones I found most enjoyable are "Spell 31: For Driving off a Crocodile Which Comes...", "Spell 28: For not Permitting One's Heart...", "Spell 70: For Being the Successor of Osiris..." and "Spell 69: For Being the Successor of Osiris".

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