Dawn of A Crimson Empire
Company: Folter Records
Reviewer: Greg Watson
'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.
About this Writer:Greg Watson
// Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.