The Dawn from Finland is the solo project of Toumas Saukkonen whom some
might know from Deathblow or Dawn of Solace.
danger of one-man projects is that they more easily than ‘real’ band
efforts turn out sounding one-dimensional. This is in part the case with
the third release from BTD because one song tends to sound like the next.
That said, the songs on ‘The Ghost’ definitely have quality and a
solid rhythmic foundation.
blend of concrete heavy yet catchy riffing, growl and bursts of
progressive singing does stand as being original in the form Saukkonen
has chosen. Ironically, the prog pieces are by far more impressive than
the growling bits where one could wish for an even more brutal voice to
add to the contrast.
of contrast; the track ‘Ghost Town’ at first seems completely out of
place because Saukkonen suddenly does a Biohazard and emerges as a
hardcore shouter, but the funny thing is that he does this really well
and therefore it just turns out as a refreshing twist.
curios to see these songs performed live – hope I’ll get the chance
at some point. See the site for touring plans.