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Mourning Dawn - Dead End Euphoria

Mourning Dawn
Dead End Euphoria
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 02 June 2021, 2:36 AM

The French Metal School has some national features that can’t be found in other countries. This is why some bands, when you hear them, you really can identify from what country it came. And hearing “Dead End Euphoria”, the new album of MOURNING DAWN, this idea remains untouched. Their work is based on a mix between Black Metal musical aspects with Doom Metal slow paced rhythms. The final result is a form of music that’s crude and aggressive, but really funeral and darkened, and with (as told above) some features from French schools of both genres. So it’s a band that, for the fans of Black Metal and Doom Death Metal, will not be hard to understand what they’re into.

“Dead End Euphoria” was recorded between 2018 and 2019 in Hybreed Studios and Worship Studios, and was mixed by the hands of Kris. The result is something raw and harsh, to reinforce the Old School feeling, to make it sound organic and morbid. And they got it, and even not in the most perfect way of all, it’s good for what the quartet wants to express.

Some of their songs are extremely long (“The Five Steps to Death” lasts more than 25 minutes!), but for the ones who are into such a form of making music, songs as “Never Too Old to Die” (where some funereal melodies arise from the guitars, entwined with the harsh shrieks.), “Dead End Euphoria” (the raw melancholic feeling that flows from it is truly oppressive, and the slow rhythm imposed by bass guitar and drums reinforces such ambience), “Conclusion” (another very slow and morbid song, filled with some fast moments, with the shrieked tunes of the vocals contrasting with some funereal morbid clean voices), and “The Five Steps to Death” (obviously, it’s filled with many rhythmic changes and different ambiences, as it was two or three songs in only one, so the listener will never be bored) are the right ones for a first time in their musical work.

As last words, all that’s left to be said is that “Dead End Euphoria” is their fifth album, and their personality is consolidated. So let’s hope that MOURNING DAWN can keep its fight into the French underground, but they can use a better sonority next time.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 7
Production: 6

3 Star Rating

1. Dawn of Doom
2. Never Too Old to Die
3. Dead End Euphoria
4. Conclusion
5. The Five Steps to Death
6. Adieu
Laurent - Vocals, Guitars
Frédéric - Lead Guitar
Vincent - Bass
Nicolas - Drums
Record Label: Aesthetic Death Records


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Edited 01 February 2023

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