This first full-length album for a record label of this Koblenz-based guys really blew me away. Metal Heaven is the label that signed them and exactly this label recently offered with the WINTERS BANE record another highlight, so this label seems to have a good feeling for talented acts. RA’S DAWN have much to offer, from epic Metal to thrashy stuff to Old School US-Metal but also fans of typical Scandinavian Power Metal will get a smile on their faces.
This is something for fans of bands like STYGMA IV, MORGANA LEFAY, SAVATAGE and KAMELOT. Despite some breaks in best Progressive fashion, they are never getting too technical and they have enough decent choruses to offer. They have many diverse song ideas; songs like “Anubis”, “Scarlet Dawn” or “The Masque Of The Red Death” are great examples. The highlight of the album is the nine minutes long closer “Exodus”, an epic closing, strongly in MAIDEN fashion. “Forever” and “Terrified” are only “good” and prevent the album of a better rating.
Other than that I just can recommend this album for all Metal fans with a preference for traditional Heavy Metal. Too bad that the album doesn’t contain the song “The Fall Of The House Of Usher”, I would go down on my knees… (Online October 6, 2006)