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Runemagick - Dawn Of The End (9/10) - Sweden - 2007

Genre: Doom Metal
Label: Aftermath Music
Playing time: 62:11
Band homepage: Runemagick


  1. Dawn Of The End
  2. Voyage To Desolation
  3. Chthonic Temple Smoke
  4. Retaliation
  5. Volcano Throne
  6. The Circle
  7. Magus Fire
  8. Sabbatum Ad Infinitum
Runemagick - Dawn Of The End

Those who appreciate the slow, creepy, and dark will love “Dawn Of The End.” RUNEMAGICK have always brought something new to the Doom Metal picnic with lyrics about dragons and sorcery, but this 2007 release offers some of the finest passages assembled in quite some time. The drums provide crushing support for the riffs and bass lines that span this hour-long production, but nothing on “Dawn Of The End” stretches beyond its due diligence.


The eight tracks on this release hold equal importance and no one song outdoes the others. A hint of 1970s influence appears in tracks like “Retaliation,” but the architecture borrows far less than it creates. Those seeking a sampling of RUNEMAGICK’s internal workings need to look no further as this recording hosts the band’s most honest and internalized output to date.


Nicklas Rudolfsson never offers much in terms of vocal tracks, and “Dawn Of The End” shows a continued effort to use lyrical support only as needed. Throaty growls do not grace the disc for more than 10 minutes, and these only appear as needed. The second audible sampling in “Voyage To Desolation” works quite well and lasts only as long as needed. Any efforts to reduce the repetition of the chorus would age these songs to perfection, and perhaps future releases will reveal even further cuts to the throaty contributions.


A few leads appear on the release, but these scarce offerings serve as accented melodies and opportunities to display different contours rather than showboat. “Volcano Throne” offers the most striking jaunts in this realm with Eastern influences that create a dark and almost ethereal presence. Much like vocals, the leads lack a prominent role in the band’s writing style. They appear as needed and otherwise disappear.


In total “Dawn Of The End” exposes more of RUNEMAGICK’s natural style and comes up nothing short of stellar. Their simple execution leaves little room for criticism and the decisions made for the cause of change provide nothing to question. The pure and undeniable results of their labor yield a must-have product for fans of the band and the genre.

(Online March 9, 2008)

Dustin Hathaway

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