HEIDRA - AWAITING DAWN (Mighty Music)
From Mighty Music I received a very nice digi-pack from a band called Heidra. This kind ofadmiration for reviewers only deserves respect back, so thank you! Anyway, I read somewhere that downloading is becoming more and more popular, no surprise but in the same article I learned that the sale of CD’s still contains at least 50% of the total amount of sales in the music business. For the bands and the labels this isn’t really good news but that also means that we are still safe for a while. We, I mean the fans of the silver disc. Even vinyl is becoming a bit more popular, responsible for 2% of the entire sale of music. I suppose the Heavy metal scène is holding the sale of CD’s and vinyl going on, no? The reason I’m mentioning this is the fact I hope those little CD-stores will come back one day although I suppose that is vain hope. Anyway, in that case I would have taken this CD out of the racks without any doubt. Why? Because of the fact this album attracts due to the beautiful front cover.
Who is Heidra? Well, they are a band from out of Denmark and as far as I know they only delivered an EP before. A quick look into the booklet learns I deal with true Metal heads out here and after a short intro I got focussed on Heidra. This band delivers music in a dark atmosphere, the kind we’re used to from out of the Scandinavian bands. Heidra delivers Dark Metal by mixing influences from different genres into a blender. From Black metal all over Power Metal and Folk Metal to True Heavy Metal, that is what Heidra is all about. It’s a modern band and they are using modern techniques to sound so.
Heidra’s goal is anyway to sound dark that objective is easily reached. But a good album demands more and Heidra is aware of that and don’t forget to add symphonic tunes into this album. Sometimes a bit Folk, sometimes a bit Black and even more technical Death (think Opeth) but overall this band tries to find their own way. No exaggerations in anything, the band keeps the perfect middle in everything they do and that keeps them exciting to listen to. The vocals are heading from clear to growls but they fit all the time. It confirms anyway my opinion that this band is wheeling between genres. The keyboards are the main reason for the dark atmosphere and quiet passages are varied with overwhelming heavy constructed arrangements. In general nothing new, but the wide open inspiration makes Heidra a band to give a fair chance.
This album is very good produced and this helps the band in their overwhelming sound. Heidra took care of every detail and created a wall of sound that will surely impress the listener. Yet I have the feeling this band is able to do more in the future. “Witch of prophecy” is my favourite track from this release, the spoken words, creating a particular sphere and superb leads has a whole lot to do with it. “Wolfborn” might be considered as their ‘hit’ and even a video is made for it. It might be the best track to learn more about Heidra. Anyway this formation contains good musicians with good ideas and good song writers.
Heidra mixes the more harmonic kind of Black Metal with lots of other good tunes and that makes this one a very enjoyable album to listen to. It seems Heidra searches their own way into the modern Metal scène and the way they did it on “Awakening dawn” might be successful in the future, time will tell. You don’t hear me say the newest sensation is blowing through my speakers but this is without any doubts a very good debut album. Check them out at: http://www.heidra.net/
My Points: 83 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard50- : Rubbish