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Editors’ Notes

It was on Dawnbringer’s fourth album that the Chicago band truly succeeded at combining its love for the best of bygone New Wave of British Heavy Metal with a forward-thinking approach to songcraft. Led by multi-instrumentalist Chris Black (also of High Spirits, Superchrist, Pharaoh, and Nachtmystium), Dawnbringer opens 2010’s Nucleus powerfully, galloping on a muscled steed of metal recalling Iron Maiden’s style of flawless doubled guitar leads harmonizing over bolting adventure rock. Conversely, “The Devil” flirts with looser, distorted thrash metal before pulling in the reins to steer into riff-laden topography (like the similarly balanced style perpetuated by San Francisco cult metal band Slough Feg). Dawnbringer’s gift for lacing its riffs with barbed melodic hooks surfaces on “Swing Hard,” a song you could almost describe as catchy. “Cataract” also simmers down into a panoramic soundscape dotted with fretboard shredding.

Customer Reviews

What A Surprise!!!

Never heard of them before,but I listened to the samples,and was impressed. They are very unique mixing Maiden like guitar harmonies with an experimental nature. Unlike most modern metal of this sort the vocals are clear letting you understand the twisted struggle of the lyrical subject. This album is deep and doesn't mess around trying to fit into any genre of Metal,I think you can hold this one up to any Metal album recorded in 2010, yeah man it's that good!!!!


Love the album...possibly the metal album of the year in my book...smooth yet heavy...blistering leads...great vocals...only downside is it sounds as though "All I See" cuts off mid-solo...likely an iTunes or record label mistake, but other than that it's pretty much a flawless integration of NWOBHM, thrash, doom and power metal...


Dawnbringer is one of the most underrated metal bands out there today. "In sickness" was an excellent album and this one's even better. Wish I could convince more people to check this band out.

Also no need to worry, "All i see" isn't glitched or anything, the song really ends like that.


Formed: 1995 in Malvern, PA

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Though based in Chicago since the year 2000, Dawnbringer was originally founded five years earlier in Malvern, PA by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Chris Black, a heavy metal purist par excellence, who has saved his interests in other musical styles and metallic offshoots for a number of side projects including Pharaoh, High Spirits, Superchrist, and, most notably, renowned American black metallers Nachtmystium. No such aesthetic distractions are to be found in Dawnbringer's oeuvre, however,...
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  • $8.91
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Sep 21, 2010

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