Friday, June 20, 2014

Just Before Dawn - The Aftermath

Just Before Dawn
The Aftermath
2014 Chaos Records
Mr. Anders Biazzi is back with album number two of his World War II themed project, Just Before Dawn.  Overall, it's another great sounding death metal album in the early Stockholm-sound vein.  Heavy as all hell, with as much distortion as possible.  You know the drill by now.  But there is an issue that might cause some contention.  More on that in a bit.  Once again, Anders has opted to go the "different singer for each track" route.  This time he's recruited the likes of Dave Ingram (you might remember him from a little band called Benediction), Mattias Lodmalm (Cemetary), Marc Grewe (Morgoth), Jonas StÃ¥lhammar (God Macabre, Bombs of Hades), Jonas Lindblood (Puteraeon) and Thomas Wouters (Bodyfarm)... plus a bunch of others.  Now I'm not against this, but it does make a person wonder just what he'd do if Just Before Dawn got a tour offer.  Music-wise, prepare for machine-gun guitars, lumbering tank bass, and thundering artillery drums.  Now for that one small issue... for whatever reason, it was decided that this album would be released in two different versions on CD.  They have different artwork, and each has a bonus track that differs from the other one.  Now I can understand (intensely dislike, but understand) putting a bonus track on a certain format, like a digipak, but to do two versions with two different songs?  That's something I neither like nor understand. So, minor gripe aside,you'll just have to decide which cover art you like better, or be a total maniac and buy both!

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