I know I’ve been pushing Norway’s “Causing The Exile” extremely hard lately, but it is only out of necessity. When a band is as well produced, well thought-out, and well done as CTE, they deserve to have more than 400 likes. CTE is doing everything right—their music is heavy, their logo is awesome, and they are all around stand up guys. It’s upsetting that only 400 people have heard “Dawn Of The New Era.”
DOTNE is a reserved style of deathcore. Every element screams death, but it is delivered in a calmer, cleaner way. The album starts off simple enough; an ethereal guitar part, lulling you into a false sense of security, a delicately crescendo into the title track, “Dawn Of The New Era.” Each song on the album becomes more and more heavy as the album goes along. What starts off with some basic guitar parts, and an empty, hollow sound, transforms into a full-fledged wrecking machine by the time you get to “Creating A Goddess.”
The high vocals are piercing, the lows are average (sometimes great)—drums do their job, and the guitars chug the songs along at the vocalist’s pace. The album seems well thought-out, but at the same time, always leaves you expecting more. After every turn, it feels like you’re waiting for something to happen that never does. For me, it’s the lack of blasts, but instead, the incorporation of more reserved drumming style. The band could seriously benefit from some blasts.
Overall, the album is solid. While I normally wouldn’t go out of my way to listen to a band with 400 likes (as it is usually a sign of a new, or immature band) I’m glad I did with CTE.