Hailing from Germany is Dawnstar, and Dawnstar is an atmospheric instrumental black metal band. Their untitled release offers up twenty-one minutes of traditional black metal, just without the banshee screams. Throughout the release you get that cold and dark feeling with the ever blistering traditional black metal onslaught. Without the vocals present, this black metal release really makes you focus on the atmosphere that it provides as well as just letting the darkness flow over you.
This untitled release never really slows down to let you catch your breath, until it really does slow down around the half way mark. For the first ten minutes of the release you get nothing but freezing cold traditional black metal. The second half of the release offers up the more atmospheric side of things as you do not get the pummeling guitar melodies. What you do get are atmospheric sounds that are close to being depressive and melancholic, and you get subjected to that for the latter half.
Dawnstar provides you with a listen that is interesting. More often than not we are use to hearing blood curdling cries from a vocalist that seems to have had his throat shredded before the performance. And with a vocalist, a band can really drive their ideals and their message home. But even without a vocalist Dawnstar still provides an atmospheric and blasphemous time.
All throughout the release you get rhythmic cutting guitars, solid writhing drumming, and a bass that provides more than a thick back bone. Mixed into the crafty musicianship are the dark overtones that you would expect to hear in black metal. The atmosphere shines through in this release with the unique musicianship.
Once the sordid and lurking evil of the musicianship subsides, the latter half of the release kicks in. There are two different halves to this cassette and they compliment each other well. While the first half of the cassette is filled with loud, rhythmic and atmospheric black metal, the latter half is strictly the atmospheric element.
The untitled release by Dawnstar is one that is for any traditional black metal fan as well as for the fan of just instrumental work. This has a little bit for each fan. It is a good listen, it is atmospheric and it is wholly darkened and pure black metal.