Not to be confused with their countrymen of SOULGATE are SOULGATE'S DAWN from Thuringia's Jena. Somehow it seems as if next to "Seven" or "Seventh" band names with "Soul" also are very much favoured by formations out there, SOULSEARCH, SOULGATE, SOULGRIND and now SOULGATE's DAWN. I am waiting for a band called "SEVENTH SOUL" or "SEVEN SOULS" that combines both or even better "SEVEN BLACK SOULS OF DEATH", then we would have almost everything essential in there...
But I digress even before I started. Two better known musicians in the SOULGATE'S DAWN camp are singer John, who also is part of FALL OF SERENITY, and bassist Jan from ATANATOS. Who now guesses Death Metal is not wrong, because the basic structure definitely is the Metal of death. Founded in 2001 SOULGATE'S DAWN rose from the ashes of QUICKSHOT and BRAINFLAKES and funnily enough call their own sound Metalcore, which at closer inspection expresses the conflict of approach, let's agree on Deathcore, then we are not too far away from reality and both sides can save their reputation.
The Germans' sound is borne by heavy riffing, harsh vocals, pounding drums, melodies and here and there also a few cleanly sung passages, everything equipped with a power that you do not get too often from Germany. The drawn comparison to already better known bands such as HEAVEN SHALL BURN or CALIBAN is not that off, because just like those bands SOULGATE'S DAWN also combine different elements from Death Metal and Hardcore, letting the borders blur. As crunchy and heavy opener "Observe The Sky" is, so the following "Burning In Deep" surprises with calmer passages and some reduced ferocity.
Altogether SOULGATE'S DAWN are full of power and force and with their heavy, intense music could appeal to fans of both sub genres (Death Metal and Hardcore), not least because this style mix still is gaining fans all over the place and with these five tracks the band has a good business card to present labels with. Even though this normally is not my cup of tea, I can attest the guys to have come up with a really mature debut and I would not be surprised, if we saw the name SOULGATE'S DAWN soon in label news as latest signing! (Online December 26, 2003)