Black metal that pulls no punches and delivers some quality music
'Dawn of a Crimson Empire' is a modern black metal monster that offers up classic black metal sound and incorporates melodies and mid-paced riffing that really makes this beast formiddable. The vocals are a great mix of harsh screams, bone chilling howls and a few demonic rumbles. The vocal variety is much appreciated as it help keeps things fresh. Musically, you get some straight forward classic black metal that is intertwined with melodic harmonies and some of the best drumming I've heard in a long while on a bm release. "Sword of the Necromancer" really slows things down a bit and is one of my favorite tracks off the album due to the atmosphere, songwriting and vocal performance. I was highly impressed with this debut effort from Halphas and will continue to enjoy this one through the cold, bleak winter.