Desert Near the End – The Dawning of the Son

Desert Near the End – The Dawning of the Son

DESERT NEAR THE END – album “The Dawning of the Son” (27 May 2022, Boersma Records)

  1. Break The Chains
  2. Rise For Dominion
  3. A Wolf Amongst Lions
  4. Iron Rain
  5. I Am Hell, And Hell Is Me
  6. Wound My Way
  7. Obsidian Angel
  8. Beyond The Gates

Without a doubt, Desert Near The End’s latest release is, musically, their most mature one. The Desert Near The End have tamed their influences, making themselves their only source of inspiration. Crushing riffs with bite, excellent melodic lead guitar lines, shredding solos and amazing drum work that balances between elegance and aggression, offer a solid and highly entertaining power/thrash experience. While this album inclines more towards the melodic side in comparison to the previous ones, the band proves that can shift into more melodic territories while keeping its signature aggression and fiery attitude intact.

Once more, like the four times before, the Desert Near The End have delivered a flawless album that pushes the power metal to its limits. Always developing and moving forward musically and technically, without losing their footing or perspective, they produce one great album after another. And even though I thought that they have reached their true potential with the “Of Fire And Stars”, the “The Dawning of the Son” proves that there is still hunger and desire in the band for further musical growth and development. 

For their fifth work, Desert Near The End have been influenced by the first trilogy of “The Red Rising Saga” by Pierce Brown. Now, one of the things that the Desert Near The End do best is making concept albums. And this one is no exception. Dressing the epic/sci-fi tale written by Pierce Brown with their signature thundering power metal, Desert Near The End produce a cohesive and coherent result that is simply a stunning listening experience.

 Constantly pushing their sound to new limits, the Desert Near The End is, undoubtedly, not only one of the most consistent bands of the scene, but one that gives life to the power metal scene with its creativity and still produces interesting, entertaining and fresh sounding material without getting repetitive and tedious.

Review by Mr Athens 79

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