Drawn
A New World?


5.0
classic

Review

by Hawks USER (72 Reviews)
April 1st, 2015 | 58 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An absolute epic album that should be considered a classic in all metal circles.

When people think of Norway, or Norwegian black metal more specifically, there's plenty of bands that could come to mind. You have your Darkthrone's, your Mayhem's, and your Burzum's. The ones that brought the scene into the public eye with tales of murder and church burnings and all that good stuff. However, there's a good chance that fans of said bands have never heard of or bothered with this band, Drawn, and their only full-length album, A New World?. Let me be the first to tell you, this album is a forgotten gem within not only the black metal scene, but metal in general.

To be clear, Drawn aren't a band that are rooted purely in black metal. In fact, you could say that these guys are more progressive than anything else with some black metal elements sprinkled throughout the hour long runtime of A New World?. The album's opener Rivawella Form reveals that right off the bat. Instead of being thrown into an assault of blast beats and icy riffs, you're eased in with some clean guitar riffs in an almost soothing and relaxing way. Almost as if you're floating on a cloud. This feeling doesn't leave you throughout the length of the album. In fact, all the instruments are rather clean sounding, and that includes the vocals. The drumming is rhythmic and upbeat most of the time and you'll find yourself tapping along. As for the vocals, you get some black metal style screaming. Take for example the beginning of the second track Yours and Mine. For the most part though, the vocals are soaring and almost operatic. Not operatic in a ICS Vortex style, the singing here is quiet almost, but still powerful, if that makes sense. The songs' average lengths are around 7-8 minutes and the music will have you engaged and interested the entire time. Not once will you say to yourself, "I need to skip through this track."

With all of that being said, it's a shame that this album doesn't have more recognition, not only around here, but around the metal scene as a whole. Part of that could be because these guys only released one album and then split, but my main objective with this review is to get some of my fellow Sputnikers to jam this and see how genius it really is. In the Woods.... comparisons are made with this band and it makes sense, but to be honest, this album is way more innovative and majestic than anything I've heard from In the Woods.... So do yourselves a favor, if you're a fan of progressive music, black metal music, or both, add this album to your collection right away. You will not be disappointed.



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Hawks
March 31st 2015


36765 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Uh oh it's a Hawks review....

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emester
March 31st 2015


5540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This looks pretty sweet gonna give it a go ASAP

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Hawks
March 31st 2015


36765 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fuck yeah bro get on it.

emester
March 31st 2015


5540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Downloading right now. What really peaked my interest was the presence of Ved Buens Ende in the recommended by reviewer section. Seeing that name alone makes this a must check for me

Hawks
March 31st 2015


36765 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think you'll really dig this. Let me know what you think. m/

BMDrummer
March 31st 2015


11773 Comments


oh hey

Hawks
March 31st 2015


36765 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sup?

Spag
March 31st 2015


1961 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Pos'd. Thank you for this !

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Hawks
March 31st 2015


36765 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks for giving me this rec in the first place bro.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 31st 2015


20556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

couldn't have said it better myself Hawks, killer review. Album really is an overlooked gem, and i pretty much agree with everything you say here.

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Spag
March 31st 2015


1961 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I was going to make that list last year but waited because I wanted more albums to add to it lol.

TalonsOfFire
March 31st 2015


12667 Comments


Good review, I'll check this out

Hawks
March 31st 2015


36765 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks bros. m/

emester
March 31st 2015


5540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Getting a lot more In The Woods... vibes from this than Ved Buens Ende, which isnt really a complaint at all.



Yeah this rules pretty damn hard. Really liking the dynamic between the mellow passages and the harder sections. Plus those guitars sound fantastic.

Hawks
March 31st 2015


36765 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Glad you're enjoying it bro. m/



Yeah the guitars are the best part of the album.

Spag
March 31st 2015


1961 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

The guitar tone is one of my favorites next Bethlehem's Dark Metal.

emester
March 31st 2015


5540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That and the vocals on here are damn good as well, both clean and harsh.



My favorite guitar tone is a pretty weird one that being Amebix's Arise



Hawks
March 31st 2015


36765 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Vox rule too agreed.

ComeToDaddy
Contributing Reviewer
March 31st 2015


871 Comments


A Hawks review m/ oh baby, Atari approved too, will check this for sure.

Hawks
March 31st 2015


36765 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sweet bro hope you dig it. m/



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