Before The Dawn
4:17 AM


4.0
excellent

Review

by ShinobiDaisuke USER (5 Reviews)
April 18th, 2011 | 5 replies | 4,452 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Haunting vocals, atmospheric instrumentals, and fantastic songwriting set this apart from the rest of Before the Dawn's catalog.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

The first I ever heard of Before the Dawn was “Deadsong” from their album Deadlight just a few years ago. I really enjoyed the track, listening to it several times off of their music video that someone had uploaded to YouTube. Only within the last couple weeks have I given a listen to any of their older albums since they had been sitting in my library and Deathstar Rising had just come out. I was pretty impressed with the band's early works and particularly fond of their original clean vocalist. Needless to say, My Darkness impressed me and I moved on to their next album.

Here enters the band’s sophomore album, 4:17 AM. What was most apparent on this album was the drastic increase in production quality, as compared to (at least my copy of) My Darkness, which was rather quiet and a bit muffled. 4:17 AM, on the other hand, has plenty of clarity and is a breath of fresh air in a genre that is often overblown. Not only is this album great musically, but what is perhaps the most important part of this record is the tremendous atmosphere created. The instrumentation, though relatively basic, is all-encompassing and does an amazing job of capturing the listener in a universe that the sounds create.

4:17 AM has a bleak mood which, despite its heaviness, is often very relaxed. Because of this, the album retains much more of a doom metal style despite its typically high tempo compositions. A surprising amount of the album’s atmosphere comes from the haunting clean vocals, which often serve as the focal point in the tracks. Meanwhile, the guitar parts are surprisingly diverse not just in notation, but in the different rhythms that they utilize. Each melody, riff, and rhythm sounds and feels unique and creative despite their relative simplicity.

The only place where this album doesn’t quite live up to its own standards is in its lyrics. They aren’t bad, of course, but they aren’t really great either. Unfortunately, the lyrics aren’t as creative as the rest of the album, but follow in the same vein as the instruments and vocals in that they are aren’t particularly. In a way, however, this is what makes 4:17 AM such a great album; without trying to focus on making complicated or convoluted instrumental, vocal, or lyrical sections, the album is free to explore the atmospheres that it creates through the band’s unity.

Though most of the album is power chording and rhythms with little in terms of advanced lead guitars, it is easy to forget this in the presence of the haunting vocals and melodies that comprise the songs and the creative instrumentals. 4:17 AM utilizes a somewhat stripped-down approach to songwriting that works wonders for the band’s atmospheric playing.


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iFghtffyrdmns
April 18th 2011



7047 Comments


Review is pretty good - clear and concise and whatnot, although it could use a little more on the music, perhaps delve into a few of the tracks and be more specific about the record's strong points that make it a 4 in your eyes. Good write up anyway, well done.

Hawks
April 18th 2011



34337 Comments


You could definitely talk more about what the actual album sounds like.

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ShinobiDaisuke
May 11th 2011



51 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry, I didn't realize I had so little written when I submitted this, but it was honestly pretty difficult to talk about this album. One of my main points was that this album doesn't have a lot going on in it, and that's part of why I enjoy it so much.

Anyway, I added a couple paragraphs, so hopefully the review will be a little more full now.

ProfessorVeerappan
April 14th 2013



790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review and a crazy album
hearing it now
and indeed lyrically they have enhanced intensely
like the recommended song
heaven
....

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BladeRunner
January 23rd 2014



204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just discovered these guys after randomly picking up Wolfheart and reading about Tuomas Saukkonen. Really like this record so far!



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