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Review: Olde - The Gates of Dawn
The Gates of Dawn

Label: Soulseller Records
Year released: 2013
Duration: 50:04
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: January 30, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (5 Votes)

Dark minds unite and rejoice! Stíofán De Roiste, from Ireland's Celtachor, and Chad Davis from Hour of 13 (among many other bands), found soul mates in one another and have formed Olde. The Gates of Dawn is traditional, pitch-black and frost-covered Black Metal presented in its purest form; the kind that hearkens back to Black Metal's very roots. Olde doesn't even try to pretend to be something artsy-craftsy in terms of musical creativity or innovation but simply attack us with a middle finger raised.

Indeed, there is a lot of Black Metal nostalgia in Olde's sound. They remind me of the first major wave of underground Black Metal bands of the early 90's; rebelliously unholy, malicious and not caring a shit about the musical trends of those days. Remember when you heard bands like Darkthrone, Emperor, Dissection, Marduk and others for the very first time and thought "this is the coolest shit"? That is exactly the type of memories Olde evoke with The Gates of Dawn; a hate-filled, primitive and non-commercial Black Metal attack.

As a nostalgic trip back to the roots of Black Metal, The Gates of Dawn works just fine. If you are looking for something different, look elsewhere.

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