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Heidra
Awaiting Dawn

Company: Mighty
Release: 2014
Genre: Heavy, black, death, folk
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Offers up an almost literary journey



  • Winners of the fourth installment of Mighty Fight Night and a record deal through Mighty Music, Denmark's Heidra offers up an almost literary journey set to the tunes of black metal, folk and power metal. Feeling more like an epic audio book than a record, "Awaiting Dawn" takes the listener onto the front lines of a war of power. The script features giants, undead wraiths, werewolves and many other fiends told in an inspiring and frightening way. The album is truly epic on all levels. What's even more incredible is the way that Heidra congeals their favored styles into a sound that lends even more strength to the story they tell. Incredible melodies, choral passages, blistering guitar riffs, angry and heartfelt vocals all come together to provide a deep aural experience. Tracks like "Betrayal", the titular "Awaiting Dawn" and the incredibly epic "Into Cursed Lands" will have you emotionally invested in the storyline as well as pumping your fists to music that matches the intensity and emotion of the lyrics. Singer Morten Bryld delivers heartfelt, inspiring clean vocals as well as blackened, vitriolic blackened and death vocals. This contrast really lends itself to making the band stand out on their own accomplishments. Musically, the diversity of the styles allows for multitudes of variety and ever changing soundscapes. To go from hellish riffing to melodic and beautiful acoustic pieces is just another aspect of this evolving puzzle. The more you listen to this album the more you find things you missed previously. Heidra have definitely crafted a style that is their own and has staying power for years to come. May the "Power of the Gods" shine down!


    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.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    Greg Watson10/9/2014


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