By Diego Rendón a.k.a Rogerz
ARTIST: THE DAGGER
ALBUM: The Dagger
RELEASE DATE: 07/22/2014
From Stockholm, Sweden Century Media Records bring the new heavy metal band The Dagger with its eponymous album which brings a nostalgic air to the waves with sounds of hard rock from the late 70’s and early 80’s.
The Dagger is a band integrated by former members of Dismember.
The album The Dagger is a great work that integrates several different influences of bands like Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Judas Priest or even Deep Purple. Their first released single “Ahead Of You All” is a song that will immediately explode in your ears and bring to your mind that classic rock era.
“Skygazer” is another good song from this album you must check out, that along with “Ballad Of An Old Man” brings down the albums tempo and shows a more bluesy side with some cool keyboard sounds of that time.
The track “1978” is quite an interesting song that describes in its lyrics many of the hard rock and heavy metal albums released in 1978. This song has a meticulous composition and serves also to describe the influence those albums have had on the band.
The record composition shows an educated ear with influences of classic heavy metal bands, however for today’s standards the tracks can be felt slow and old, but The Dagger are indeed a great example of the prolific heavy metal scene that is taking place in Sweden.
Guitar duels, powerful lyrics, and even some keyboard tones are part of the band’s sound on this disc. However it stays short and it feels something is missing, like if the album was just a reflection of a past decade but not the appliance of that philosophy which was also full of excess.
The amazing thing is that every single detail in the album has been taken care to sound like if it was recorded on an analog tape which will also brings a nostalgic mood to all those headbangers that love classic hard rock.
Score: 8 out of 10
The Dagger is:
Jani Kataja - Vocals
Fred Estby - Drums
David Blomqvist - Guitar
Tobias Cristiansson - Bass
1. Ahead Of You All
2. Call Of 9
3. Ballad Of An Old Man
5. Electric Dawn
7. Dogs Of Warning
8. Nocturnal Triumph
9. Inside The Monolithic Dome
10. Dark Cloud
You can catch me every night from 9-11 PM PST hosting "The Music Rebellion"