Genre/Influences: Dark-electro, industrial-metal.
Background/Info: Driven by Kristof Bathory, Los Angeles (USA) based Dawn Of Ashes became an established formation in the industrial-metal scene. This new work brings us back to the original sound of the band, which was inspired by pure dark-electronic music. Some of you for sure remind both official debut albums “In The Acts Of Violence” and “The Crypt Injection” released on the defunct NoiTekk.
Content: “The Crypt Injection II” indeed is a move back to the dark-electro and tormenting sound of Dawn Of Ashes, but still spiced with some heavy metal guitar riffs emerging at the debut of the work. The song “Hexcraft” features Johan Van Roy (Suicide Commando) who clearly is a source of inspiration for the dark-electro side of the album. The album end reveals remixes by Hocico and Chris Vrenna (Army Of The Universe).
+ + + : The intro cut is an instrumental, overwhelming piece of music announcing a merciless opus. And that’s precisely what is emerging from the debut part, which is a heavy fusion between industrial-metal and dark-electronics. The vocals sound like they are emerging from the throat of a possessed soul. The songs aren’t only powerful, but masterly accomplished with great sound treatments. The ‘classical’ dark-electro side is also absolutely impressive. Power and bombast create a total state of terror, which sometimes makes me think of :Wumpscut: (pay attention for “Abuse The Abuser”). Dawn Of Ashes has achieved a masterpiece, which is ended by two great remixes.
– – – : I’m not especially a ‘metal’-addict, but I’m missing some metal power in a few cuts. However I’m not really complaining.
Conclusion: This album is a real major opus, which is perfectly mixing the dark-electro side of the early years with the metal-industrial work of the later period.
Best songs: “Ahriman”, “Reborn In Fire”, “Sitra Ahra”, “Hexcraft”, “Abuse The Abuser”.