Posted by RiffRaff
In the realm of heavy metal album reviews the word ‘epic’ gets abused more than a nubile young girl on the set of the latest Rocco Sifreddi flick. It gets poked in every possible angle and more than often gets stuck where it doesn’t belong. By definition the word should solely be used to describe something of or relating to a literary epic poem, or the poem itself (eg. The Iliad or Beowulf). It’s in there, in the music reviewer mind we oft confuse and misuse the word for something that sounds heroic (Ensiferum), huge or gargantuan (Moonsorrow), or fantastical (pick nearly any power metal band). My favorite misuse of the word is when I wish to describe a feeling of a Herculean musical journey that would make the Fellowship of the Ring jealous.
And why the hell am I talking about the word ‘epic’ in an album review? Well because the band Crimson Dawn have self-proclaimed Epic Doom Metal as their genre, and quite honestly, it genuinely fits with what is contained on their debut album, In Strange Aeons… As a whole, all of their elements fit with every misuse and correct use of the word. Throughout the course of the record you will go on a long journey crossing fantastical soundscapes encountering heroic riffs, towering song structures, and massive grooves. All with this hint of flair that will bring to mind some of those ancient epic poems that
you I love so much. Epic is really the only word I can find that simply describes the whole of Crimson Dawn’s sound, so I will use and abuse it.