Bakos Attila
Aranyhajnal


3.5
great

Review

by Dmax28 USER (21 Reviews)
January 18th, 2016 | 6 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An expansive yet intimate journey.

Bakos Attila is a one man project from Hungary. He has done such projects as the very calming medieval acoustic Woodland Choir and the death metal Taranis. Now he has just recently released his most mature and fully realized release yet with Aranyhajnal: Golden Dawn. This album combines his heavy side with his delicate soft side.

The album sounds very Hungarian folk. The entire thing is in Hungarian complete with traditional sounding melodies and vocal techniques. Despite having some heavy metal experience, here he uses heavy guitar and drums in a familiar but not common mix of folk, ambient, symphonic, and contemporary hard rock textures. I don't want to over simplify, but I feel a decent way to describe it is as slower, more solemn, power metal/rock. Look no further than the album's artwork to get a glimpse of the album's scope and tone.

The music is very consonant and slow evolving. Pleasing sounding chords are allowed to emanate and sections are allowed to last for their full lengths without interruptions from fancy change ups and transitions. It's folky but the chord progressions generally move slowly. The straightforwardness may be the biggest turn off to many. Those who search for the most technical music and aren't ready to soak in a very slowly evolving ride may quickly become bored. But those who want to stick around for the ride should at the very least be in for a pleasant surprise.

The album has a great sense of hope, melancholy, power, reflectiveness, and letting your emotions free. It also has a nice feeling of progress as it moves along. By the end you will really feel like you went somewhere. Életerő has a main vocal melody that was stuck in my head for weeks and it is also the most accessible song. Áldás and Sziklák sz*vén both have pleasingly beautiful and simple clean guitar ambient sections. Both of these tracks show his mastery of composition and dynamics as they swell and then dissolve only to naturally build up again. Sziklák sz*vén is a standout with a passionate build up that may be the most memorable moment of the album. Lángolj and especially
Ármány go in a more, if very tame, hard rock route that is a change from the of the rest of the album. Lépj át and especially Az éj rejtekén have lullaby elements.

There is a keen attention to detail on this album such as subtle sound effects and symphonic layering. Bakos Attila's catchy, charismatic, well layered, and well ranged vocals give the album a strong sense of drive and purpose, and the skillful overall composition and focused musical statement is pleasing. These are the elements that will keep me coming back for repeated listens. It is extremely delicate at times and powerful at others. It is quite mature with gang vocals that lend to the grand sense of anthemic dynamics and made me think that the project had a 4-5 person lineup. It is an expansive yet intimate journey; a mature and accessible release that should please many looking for simple yet deep listening.



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Dmax28
January 18th 2016


639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just trying to give this some exposure. Thanks all.



Here it is on bandcamp and on his website which has all his music.



https://bakosattila.bandcamp.com/album/aranyhajnal



http://www.attilabakos.com/

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2016


11729 Comments


Good review man, although I'd refer to the tracks by name rather than number. This sounds right up my alley and I'll gove it a listen for sure. Album art is pretty cool too.

Dmax28
January 18th 2016


639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for reading. The only reason I didn't write track names was because they are all in Hungarian and I don't know how to add all the special letters. I totally agree though.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2016


11729 Comments


That's fair. When I've run up against that in the past I've just copied and pasted the song titles from the source, you might want to consider that but it's no biggie either way.

Dmax28
January 18th 2016


639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow...why didn't I think of that?.. It's done.

Archelirion
January 18th 2016


5800 Comments


Nice review man :] Heard this about a month ago (I think?), seem to recall it was alright but not incredible. Still, genuinely hope more get on this as it's obvious he's very talented; I think you'll probably dig this Scuro.



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