First Dawn are a band from Finland that plays a very melodic form of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "Final Epoch"/
A very dark and symphonic sound starts off the album along with some melodic guitar leads a few seconds later which leads up to a heavier musical direction along with some grim black metal screams and they also bring in a good mixture of both clean and heavy parts as well as making most of the tracks very long and epic in length.
After awhile the music starts to speed up a bit along with some blast beats being utilized at times and the symphonic elements are a huge part of the bands musical sound and they also add a great amount of melody into their songs along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sounding presence on the recording.
When fast parts are utilized they bring back memories of the 90's style of melodic black metal and on the 2nd track melodic guitar leads find their way onto the recording along with a brief use of background choirs and as the album progresses the faster riffs have more of a dominant presence on the album while the synths also start bringing in more ambient elements and on the last track there is a brief use of violins being utilized.
First Dawn plays a style of melodic black metal that is very symphonic and heavily rooted in the 90's tradition of this musical genre and they bring a more darkened atmosphere that has been missing in this musical genre for the last few years, the production sounds very powerful for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion First Dawn are a very great sounding symphonic and melodic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "To The Stars" and "Edge of The Universe". 8 out of 10.