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Review: Torian - Dawn

Label: Sound Guerrilla
Year released: 2012
Duration: 62:23
Tracks: 12
Genre: Power Metal


Review online: July 23, 2012
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
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Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (10 Votes)

This is a surprisingly good outing from Germany's Torian, who are onto their third full-length release here. Despite a rocky start and a flat production, the sheer power of the songwriting and authenticity of the performance makes Dawn an enchanting listen. Sounding for the most part like a poor man's Orden Ogan, Torian slip elements of Progressive, Thrash, and even extreme metal into their otherwise melodic Power Metal template, aiming for the odd moment of emotional catharsis with affecting vocal lines and moody instrumentation.

In spite of their German origin, there is a distinctly Italian-sounding melancholia to songs like the sixteen-minute title track, which brings to mind Labyrinth or the lesser known Orion Riders. In all, this is a very honest attempt from a band that has achieved minor success thanks to various support slots, and fans of the genre will discover a small gem if they decide to give it a shot.

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