Black Skies Dawn Black Skies Dawn Review



Vocals found within the underground stoner and doom scene often vary in ranges and styles with some vocalists going with the powerful,gritty classic/hard rock styles of the 70’s, some preferring to bellow and growl and some just shouting in tune, there are very few though who, like
Alton, UK’s
Black Skies Dawn’s front man, breath and moan their lyrics. Intrigued? …..well just give the band’s self-titled album ”
Black Skies Dawn” a listen.

The
UK trio layer their grooves in swathes of grizzled low.slow riffage and rhythm, filling every available recess of their dark doom sound with humongous distortion drenched guitar and bass refrains supported by massive percussive backdrops. The band fill out their songs, bearing titles like ”
Thief of Zamora“, ”
Persecution and Execution” and ”
Bossonian Marches“, with thick syrupy doom/sludge grooves replete with subtle changes of tempo and time.
Desert Psychlist can almost hear those devotees of the downtuned and dark saying things like ”
well that’s not new” or ”
there’s a hundred and one bands out there doing that” and that would be a fair point but we’ve not mentioned the vocals yet.


Nick Johnson, guitarist and
Black Skies Dawn’s main vocalist, brings a unique and at times unsettling array of vocal tones to the table over the course of the eight songs that make up ”
Black Skies Dawn“. His low moaned, breathy vocal style is in turns mournful and weary, having an effect, that on first hearing, takes the listener completely by surprise, the heavy stoner grooves laid down by the guitarist/vocalist and his co-members,
Simon Martinez (bass/vocals) and
Dave Hall (drums/vocals) leading you into expecting the bellowed and roared vocals that are usually the norm in this genre. It’s not all
Johnson though the six stringer is helped out on occasions by both
Martinez and
Hall, the bassist and drummer bringing in a more traditional growled approach, breaking up the albums feeling of mournful despair and thereby adding, an at times, much needed touch of vocal colouring to proceedings.

Different, delicious and dark ”
Black Skies Dawn” is an album that might take few listens before you fully appreciate its dark dank charms but one that’s wholly satisfying when you finally do

Check it out ….




Vocals found within the underground stoner and doom scene often vary in ranges and styles with some vocalists going with the powerful,gritty classic/hard rock styles of the 70’s, some preferring to bellow and growl and some just shouting in tune, there are very few though who, like
Alton, UK’s
Black Skies Dawn’s front man, breath and moan their lyrics. Intrigued? …..well just give the band’s self-titled album ”
Black Skies Dawn” a listen.

The
UK trio layer their grooves in swathes of grizzled low.slow riffage and rhythm, filling every available recess of their dark doom sound with humongous distortion drenched guitar and bass refrains supported by massive percussive backdrops. The band fill out their songs, bearing titles like ”
Thief of Zamora“, ”
Persecution and Execution” and ”
Bossonian Marches“, with thick syrupy doom/sludge grooves replete with subtle changes of tempo and time.
Desert Psychlist can almost hear those devotees of the downtuned and dark saying things like ”
well that’s not new” or ”
there’s a hundred and one bands out there doing that” and that would be a fair point but we’ve not mentioned the vocals yet.


Nick Johnson, guitarist and
Black Skies Dawn’s main vocalist, brings a unique and at times unsettling array of vocal tones to the table over the course of the eight songs that make up ”
Black Skies Dawn“. His low moaned, breathy vocal style is in turns mournful and weary, having an effect, that on first hearing, takes the listener completely by surprise, the heavy stoner grooves laid down by the guitarist/vocalist and his co-members,
Simon Martinez (bass/vocals) and
Dave Hall (drums/vocals) leading you into expecting the bellowed and roared vocals that are usually the norm in this genre. It’s not all
Johnson though the six stringer is helped out on occasions by both
Martinez and
Hall, the bassist and drummer bringing in a more traditional growled approach, breaking up the albums feeling of mournful despair and thereby adding, an at times, much needed touch of vocal colouring to proceedings.

Different, delicious and dark ”
Black Skies Dawn” is an album that might take few listens before you fully appreciate its dark dank charms but one that’s wholly satisfying when you finally do

Check it out ….


Vocals found within the underground stoner and doom scene often vary in ranges and styles with some vocalists going with the powerful,gritty classic/hard rock styles of the 70’s, some preferring to bellow and growl and some just shouting in tune, there are very few though who, like
Alton, UK’s
Black Skies Dawn’s front man, breath and moan their lyrics. Intrigued? …..well just give the band’s self-titled album ”
Black Skies Dawn” a listen.

The
UK trio layer their grooves in swathes of grizzled low.slow riffage and rhythm, filling every available recess of their dark doom sound with humongous distortion drenched guitar and bass refrains supported by massive percussive backdrops. The band fill out their songs, bearing titles like ”
Thief of Zamora“, ”
Persecution and Execution” and ”
Bossonian Marches“, with thick syrupy doom/sludge grooves replete with subtle changes of tempo and time.
Desert Psychlist can almost hear those devotees of the downtuned and dark saying things like ”
well that’s not new” or ”
there’s a hundred and one bands out there doing that” and that would be a fair point but we’ve not mentioned the vocals yet.


Nick Johnson, guitarist and
Black Skies Dawn’s main vocalist, brings a unique and at times unsettling array of vocal tones to the table over the course of the eight songs that make up ”
Black Skies Dawn“. His low moaned, breathy vocal style is in turns mournful and weary, having an effect, that on first hearing, takes the listener completely by surprise, the heavy stoner grooves laid down by the guitarist/vocalist and his co-members,
Simon Martinez (bass/vocals) and
Dave Hall (drums/vocals) leading you into expecting the bellowed and roared vocals that are usually the norm in this genre. It’s not all
Johnson though the six stringer is helped out on occasions by both
Martinez and
Hall, the bassist and drummer bringing in a more traditional growled approach, breaking up the albums feeling of mournful despair and thereby adding, an at times, much needed touch of vocal colouring to proceedings.

Different, delicious and dark ”
Black Skies Dawn” is an album that might take few listens before you fully appreciate its dark dank charms but one that’s wholly satisfying when you finally do

Check it out ….

Vocals found within the underground stoner and doom scene often vary in ranges and styles with some vocalists going with the powerful,gritty classic/hard rock styles of the 70’s, some preferring to bellow and growl and some just shouting in tune, there are very few though who, like
Alton, UK’s
Black Skies Dawn’s front man, breath and moan their lyrics. Intrigued? …..well just give the band’s self-titled album ”
Black Skies Dawn” a listen.

The
UK trio layer their grooves in swathes of grizzled low.slow riffage and rhythm, filling every available recess of their dark doom sound with humongous distortion drenched guitar and bass refrains supported by massive percussive backdrops. The band fill out their songs, bearing titles like ”
Thief of Zamora“, ”
Persecution and Execution” and ”
Bossonian Marches“, with thick syrupy doom/sludge grooves replete with subtle changes of tempo and time.
Desert Psychlist can almost hear those devotees of the downtuned and dark saying things like ”
well that’s not new” or ”
there’s a hundred and one bands out there doing that” and that would be a fair point but we’ve not mentioned the vocals yet.


Nick Johnson, guitarist and
Black Skies Dawn’s main vocalist, brings a unique and at times unsettling array of vocal tones to the table over the course of the eight songs that make up ”
Black Skies Dawn“. His low moaned, breathy vocal style is in turns mournful and weary, having an effect, that on first hearing, takes the listener completely by surprise, the heavy stoner grooves laid down by the guitarist/vocalist and his co-members,
Simon Martinez (bass/vocals) and
Dave Hall (drums/vocals) leading you into expecting the bellowed and roared vocals that are usually the norm in this genre. It’s not all
Johnson though the six stringer is helped out on occasions by both
Martinez and
Hall, the bassist and drummer bringing in a more traditional growled approach, breaking up the albums feeling of mournful despair and thereby adding, an at times, much needed touch of vocal colouring to proceedings.

Different, delicious and dark ”
Black Skies Dawn” is an album that might take few listens before you fully appreciate its dark dank charms but one that’s wholly satisfying when you finally do

Check it out ….


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Source: Desert Psychlist