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Undawn - Justice is...

Undawn
Justice is...
by Marcos "Big Daddy" Garcia at 17 February 2016, 7:34 AM

Full of Groove and melodies, aggressive and harsh, but with some latent elegancy.

This is a good definition for explaining what UNDAWN, from Netherlands, are doing on their second album "Justice is…".

We can say that these guys are mixing Metalcore music with melodies and some Groove influences. They use them wisely, with some very good technical and abrasive moments contrasting perfectly with gentle moments (where clean vocals show a lot how good they are). The tempos are always medium paced with some slower ones, but always keeping the technical aspects of their identity. Yes, even with the growth on the Metalcore scene, these guys are really talented and show personality.

The production is in a very good shape. Yes, the recording, mixing and mastering processes gave the band's music a heavy and abrasive sound, but as well as this, it made their songs sound clear, in such a way that we don't have to make a great effort to understand them fully. So the final result is extremely good in this aspect.

Their songs sound violent and thunderous, but keep in mind that melodies are presented.

Their finest moments: The brutally melodic "Coming Home" with its charming guitars (and there are solos here, a strange feature for a Metalcore band!). The nasty attack of riffs and solos on "What Justice Is" (with very good melodies and great vocals); the slower and technical "A Bond of Brothers", the melodic introspection heard on "Forever" with with some aggressive moments, and a good work from bass and drums. Also, the impact caused by the nasty riffs of "Fate" and its excellent vocals; and the violent thrashing rage of "Puppets of Heresy", where violent guitars and some melodic vocals are making the song something great. But the entire album is truly very good.

It's a lovely and brutal album, so listen to it loud as it deserves!

Originality: 7
Songwriting: 9
Memorability: 7
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Coming Home
2. What Justice Is
3. In the Moment
4. A Bond of Brothers
5. Faceless
6. Moving On
7. Forever
8. Fate
9. Never Giving Up
10. The Puppets of Heresy
Lineup:
Michiel Brinkhuis - Guitar, vocals
Leon Kloosterman - Guitar, backing vocals
Thijs Brinkhuis - Bass, backing vocals
Tom Brinkhuis - Drums
Record Label: Graviton Music Services
     


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