Golden Dawn are a band from Austria that plays a symphonic, melodic and medieval mixture of black and goth metal and this is a review of their 1996 album "The Art Of Dreaming" which was re-issued in 2017 by Casus Belli Musica.
A very heavy guitar riff starts off the album while folk instruments can also be heard at times along with the riffing also getting very melodic at times as well as the music mixing the symphonic and heavy parts together and acoustic guitars are also added into certain sections of the recording.
Vocals are mostly grim yet high pitched black metal screams while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic fashion along with some operatic female and male vocals being added into certain sections of the recording and when the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard.
A great amount of goth metal elements can be heard quite a bit throughout the recording while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with one track introducing spoken word parts onto the recording and as the album progresses the keyboards start getting more medieval and epic sounding and a couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Golden Dawn played a musical style on this recording t hat mixed melodic and symphonic black metal with goth and medieval folk music to create something very original for that time period, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dreaming, sorcery, existence and other dimension themes.
In my opinion Golden Dawn are a very melodic, symphonic and medieval mixture of black and goth metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Art Of Dreaming" "My Confession To War" "The Sorcery Of The Nagual Side" and "Beyond the Mortal Shell". 8 out of 10.