Venereal Dawn brings many mashes of metal genres together. There is some melodic, death, progressive, and black metal all intertwined on this intricately written masterpiece. The music starts off slow then shortly picks up speed. The guitar solo, at about eight minutes, on the title track fits so well into the music, it immerses you into the story.
The tunes on Venereal Dawn follow no particular pattern, but the change of tempo across most of the tracks is crazy: Crazy good. Most songs on the album go from super fast to slow and back again, stopping at different speeds along the way. One minute, the tone is soft, melodic, and somehow frighteningly peaceful; the next minute, the pace is so heavy, you somehow feel safe as your ears are getting beat down by incredible drum work.
The members of Dark Fortress are formidable instrumentalists. Every single piece of auditory pleasure is performed to perfection. These guys do an outstanding job of bringing their story into a visual perspective without showing any graphics. Because of the way it is performed, you can feel the music, as if it is in your soul.
Venereal Dawn only slips a few times. Towards the end of the album, some of the pace changes occur less often, which makes some of the songs a little less interesting. With the tempo changes occurring less often, it is easy for you to become unengaged with the music.
Venereal Dawn's positives make the few negatives seem trivial. If you like concept story albums, Dark Fortress delivers a great one. Fans of early Opeth, take a listen: Venereal Dawn will be a staple in your collection from now, till the end of dawns.
Captain's Approval Rating: 9.5/10
Dark Fortress is:
Draug – Bass
V Santura Guitars
Betrayal and Vengeance
I am the Jigsaw of a Mad God
On Fever's Wings
Venereal Dawn will be released on September 1 in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. It will be released on September 2 in the US and Canada. Both releases will come via Century Media Records.
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