Oct. 24, 2017


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The Pitch: "Once again, Caïnan Dawn has probed the infinite resonance of the everlasting chaos. Through seven tracks with strong atmosphere, the cosmic substance F.O.H.A.T revealed the mysterious link between Mind and Matter." -Osmose Productions. FFO Schammasch, Mephorash, Inquisition

What I Like: Atmospheric black metal takes many forms: sometimes folky and introspective, others suffocatingly evil.  Caïnan Dawn falls firmly into the latter category.  Their music is a dark descent filled with fire and brimstone.  Take Virgil with you on this journey, because you're going to need all of the guidance you can get.  The hellish snarls and otherworldy chanting along with the cacophonous guitars and drums summon dark energies to the fold like only black metal can.  Echoing blastbeats and ourorboros riffs scream through the aether like an endless cavern of Lovecraftian horrors; and that's not to mention the killer bass hooks as with the opening of "Mara."  And in the name of good pacing, tracks like "Ylem" and "Fohat" slow things down enough to really get a sense of weight and scope.  The resulting aesthetic alternates between barreling through dark, narrow tunnels and taking in the sites of vast cave structures with only a torch to light the way.

Critiques: It's all pretty familiar, isn't it?  Caïnan Dawn deliver an impressive sense of dread and solid compositions, but they lack a certain "it factor" to really stand out.

The Verdict: F.O.H.A.T is a worthwhile black metal outing that feels like another sonic retelling of Dante's journey through the abyss.  Caïnan Dawn still have some steps to take in terms of truly competing in this genre, but nevertheless "Abandon hope all ye who enter here."

Flight's Fav's: Mara, Om, Ylem

-Review by FlightOfIcarus

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