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Greetings magical creatures of the void! This week, Ryan and I talk about the 2020 album that got away. The album I’d space out to into the wee hours of the night, followed by many hours of melody humming. A saga of an LP that takes your imagination to faraway ancient vistas. The album known as Ages by the band Dawnwalker. We did not discover this masterpiece until a few months after its official release thanks to our pal Alec from Ghostbound. If you are familiar with the podcast, you obviously know the album cover of Gandalf-looking fellas gathering at the seaside instantly caught my interest, which compels me to warn you that many dorky references will be made throughout this episode’s duration!
Ages is truly an auditory journey of atmospheric progressive post-metal. It feels like a concept album both lyrically and tonally. Cataclysmic events transpire on a planet brimming with mysterious and arcane powers. Moments of blackened instrumentals crush lush, tranquil landscapes. Eternal choir-like chants fill moonlit forests that heal fallen beings. There is a mix of harsh instrumentals and vocals that contrast superbly with the atmospheric proggy grooves, and even a splash of folky mysticism inspires visages of elves, wizards, and the like. Dawnwalker themselves say they sought to combine the sounds of modern experimental metal with 70s prog/folk such as King Crimson and Led Zeppelin. Ages is easily one of my favorite listens in the past few years.
Dawnwalker started as a home studio project in 2012. Over time, the London-based project grew into a full band consisting of various musicians. They currently sit at four albums and three EPs, all of which are worth listening to. Ages was released independently on December 4, 2020. Now grab your staffs and enter into a universe full of adventure.
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Support Dawnwalker by checking out their website. You can purchase Ages, merch, and the rest of their discography via Bandcamp. I sure do wish shipping was cheaper across seas! Follow them on Facebook and Instagram too to keep up to date on new developments.
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