The Sonic Dawn
Enter the Mirage


3.7
great

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
May 2nd, 2020 | 8 replies


Release Date: 05/01/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A sweet blend of everything the band recorded so far…

No rest for The Sonic Dawn, as they present us their 4th studio album, Enter the Mirage just over a year after its predecessor, Eclipse landed. The Danish trio really took me by surprise with the latter’s immediate, infectious tunes that reached all the way back to ‘60s psychedelic pop. Thankfully, they decided to build upon the respective experience here, incorporating previous sounds and experiments to complement this collection of tracks. As a result, this latest LP comes across as a blend of everything they recorded so far. We receive groovy pieces such as ‘Young Love – Old Hate’ or ‘Hits of Acid’, which don’t waste any time sticking sweet melodies in your head, as well as laid back, sunbathed hooks on the title track, ‘Loose Ends’ and ‘Shape Shifter’. These ideas are fleshed out, allowing the band to expand certain segments, add spaced out detours or even chunky riffs here and there. Moreover, the folksy side gets portrayed too, through hazy cuts such as ‘Children of the Night’ or ‘UFO’, balanced really nice by classic organ-led stompers with surf rock influences (‘Soul Sacrifice’) & Siena Root-esque psych jam, ‘Join the Dead’. The album flows smoothly, besides this, there is variety and several interesting hooks to keep you entertained until the last note.

The guys tried their best to represent all their sides on Enter the Mirage, all the while maintaining the polished production (which I still believe suits them best). In the end, it’s a matter of taste what you prefer most from their output, whether succinct pop ditties or more expansive dreamy structures. Nevertheless, The Sonic Dawn sound rather fresh in a genre where most acts just don’t bother stepping out of the shadows of their influences.





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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2020


5153 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Great album, however, I prefer Eclipse overall. Nevertheless, it's worth the listen.



Stream here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34CO1s1gPVA&list=OLAK5uy_msgr4XpN0Cip7nqrN9GCYAzovQE-CtEUg

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Slex
Contributing Reviewer
May 2nd 2020


10012 Comments


Probably not my thing but I love that album cover

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 4th 2020


5153 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

They have interesting covers, I also dug the previous one's artwork

CosmicPie
May 4th 2020


2617 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm in the mood for some psych rock

CosmicPie
May 4th 2020


2617 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is great. Quality.

Asura14
May 5th 2020


352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I checked this when it came out and didn't really feel it past the first two tracks, but have to go check it again

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2020


5153 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

They branch out after the first two songs (I do like the short, pop tunes they do tho)

Asura14
May 5th 2020


352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ye, they're very catchy and honestly could go on for longer.... but I'll be jamming this during work this afternoon I hope the rest of the stuff here grabs me as well



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