Longing for Dawn
A Treacherous Ascension
Style: Funeral Doom Metal
Release date: March 12th 2007

Second album from Canadian Funeral Doom Metal band Longing For Dawn. The Canadians follows the same path as on their first album “One Lonely Path” and we are talking slow, slow, very slow and more than heavy and very atmospheric Funeral Doom Metal with a dark Ambient edge. 

“A Treacherous Ascension” should make fans of the band jump in joy because I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard a more atmospheric and slow CD. Everything here from keyboards to guitars is in slow-motion and trust me; you really have to hear it for yourself to believe how oddly enchanting it is. 

This form of Dark Ambient/Funeral Doom Metal is more than background music to me, however it needed a few spins before I was really hooked.  

When I listen to this release I find myself entering to a deeper state of mind…and suddenly I’m drifting away…further and further away. Into deep, deep space… the darkness and loneliness surrounds me and eventually I reach a distant planet millions and millions of light years away. A planet with beautiful landscapes… I see icebergs and glaciers but suddenly I find myself back in the emptiness floating further away into deep and dark space. 

The vocals (growls) brings me back to earth and I realize that Longing For Dawn really has broadened my horizon when it comes to music like this.  

The production is excellent and greatly helping the listener to becoming absorbed in the music and soundscapes, and there are plenty of them.  

So, if you can’t get it dark, slow and atmospheric enough, check this band out and yes, it’s certainly music for a particular mood but its easy to become lost in it, with no distractions. 

Check it out.

Label: Grau Records
Provided by: Prophecy Productions
Artwork rating: 50/100
Reviewed by: Peter Laursen
Date: March 1st 2007
Website: www.longingfordawn.ca