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Dawn Of Destiny - F.E.A.R. (2014)

Dawn of Destiny seized my attention on their 2012 release called Praying To The World. That album marked in the database as heavy, full of double pedal power metal album altogether wrapped with excellent female voices. Two years has passes, the band from Germany brings us their fifth studio album. Titled as Forgotten. Enslaved. Admired. Released or stylized as F. E. A. R. This album somehow comes as a bit of surprisingly different continuation to their previous sounds.

F.E.A.R. begins with And with Silence Comes the Fear, compared to Praying.... where everything seems begins with a bang, And with Silence Comes the Fear is a bit slowdown of tempo. The band took enough time to build up their song writing. The song's formula still around intrigue guitar riffs with combination of all three types of voices, female, male and death harsh voices. The song seemingly back to the gothic metal territory. Waiting for a Sign is very much rely on Jeanette Scherff's high pitch sopranic voices. Lots of odd tempo variation on this one. And it looks like this new album is the band's brand new playground for their creativity. Takes a listen to Innocence Killed, which is dark ballad type song, pretty much stays in the style of hard rock, pay attention to the highlighted bass line in the choruses. Another strong cuts is No Hope for the Healing. On this track, guest vocalist contributed to bring this ballad song to the epic level. Rising Angel, is finally fast song with enough drumming berserk in it. Finally , is the blast song with that fly-feel of Lydian scale a lot. The album extremely switch into different style of music since this point. Prayers and Then I Found You is well connected song with gospelic triumphant feeling.

Then there is nine minutes song of One Last Time, which brings back the album into darker feeling. Pretty awesome track indeed. The album closes with another two songs,  Dying in Your Arms is stormy blasting track while To Live Is to Suffer is yet another emotionally mellow tunes.

This album is the band's turning point. Instead of doing generally known fast power metal tunes, the band gives true effort to raise their song writing into something deeper meaning. F.E.A.R. is completely a level up in their game. The album is heavy in contrast point between on track to another, unexpected twist. Musicianship are equally shared, from the singers to all fours instrumentalist. Fans of Dawn Of Destiny, enjoy the latest journey in F.E.A.R.

Metal Harem class: ********* eight stars out of ten

Dawn Of Destiny - F.E.A.R. (2014)
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01. And with Silence Comes the Fear 05:37
02. Waiting for a Sign 03:22
03. My Memories 04:28
04. Innocence Killed 05:36
05. End This Nightmare 03:50
06. No Hope for the Healing 06:18
07. Rising Angel 04:32
08. Finally 04:34
09. Prayers 03:58
10. Then I Found You 04:13
11. One Last Time 09:57
12. Dying in Your Arms 03:40
13. To Live Is to Suffer 03:49

Line Up:
Jeanette Scherff - Vocals
Veith Offenbächer - Guitars
Jens Faber - Bass & Backing Vocals
Dirk Raczkiewicz - Keyboards
Julio Pablo Da Silva - Drums

Guest Musicians:
Mats Levén - Vocals (Candlemass,ex-Adagio, ex-At Vance, ex-Fatal Force, ex-Yngwie J. Malmsteen, ex-Firewind (live), ex-Therion (live))
Jon Oliva - Vocals (Jon Oliva's Pain, Oliva, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Savatage, ex-Doctor Butcher) on track 6


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