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At the Gates of Everdawn - 70%

JJM1, November 4th, 2013

90's melodic death metal -- There was a time, a long time ago, when it just ruled the world and was one my favoritest things to listen to. In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Soilwork, At the Gates, Gardenian and Gates of Ishtar, fuck man, the list was huge and the bands were even bigger. However, by the turn of the millennium the genre didn't really die, but the founders changed and changed drastically. Some becoming common rock stars, while others just broke up, whereas a few others, such as, The Everdawn, well... they just never made it at all.

Formed in Luleå, Sweden around '93, the band released the 'Opera of the Damned' EP in '96 and their one and only album, 'Poems - Burn the Past' in '97. After listening to the record, which might I add I found for a mere 50 cents, I came to one quick conclusion; these guys really, no I mean really, really wanted to make their own 'Slaughter of the Soul.' Everything about this record is so similar to At the Gates' seminal '95 release; raspy vocals, chugging deathy riffs, thrashy drumming, melodic passages all over the place, twin guitar parts and even song titles that shout out AtG (Autumn, Sombre Autumn & When the Sunset Forever Fade, as examples). Perhaps the only thing that isn't on par is the lousy cover art and the production, which is freakishly quiet and absolutely forces you to turn your stereo up to about 14 just to hear the record properly.

Considering all that, is 'Poems - Burn the Past' a bad record? No, absolutely not, in fact if you've got any love for SotS or really any early hard driven melo death I'm quite certain you'll enjoy the album. Is 'Poems - Burn the Past' a complete rip-off? Well, yes and no, the song writing isn't as strong, which probably explains why the album has been infinitely relegated to extreme discount bins (fucking .50¢, man!), but otherwise you know what you're getting with this one.

Curiously the album was re-released in '03 by Hammerheart and more recently by Century Media in '12 with a new cover art, bonus tracks from the EP and hopefully remastered too.

Nowadays, 3/4 of the band plays in a death 'n' roll band called, Helltrain,' which means they'll never, ever make it, but hopefully they are at least having fun, because that's what's most important, anyway.

Originally wrote for, Lunar Hypnosis: lunarhypnosis.blogspot.com

Poems-Burn The Past - 85%

L_Hypnos86, September 12th, 2007

THE EVERDAWN don't bring anything new in the death metal scene, but their only full-lenght is a great work. Sharp guitar riffs, fast drumming and harsh vocals. That's the blend. Melodic death metal. In fact this album is the result of a successful combination of american and swedish death metal.


Vocals are high and raspy, the singer really makes a good job with his cold voice. He has a kind of affinity with GATES OF ISHTAR and late AT THE GATES.
The guitars are well played, though they're not too innovative throughout the album. The interesting thing is how they sound: very aggressive fast melodies which sometimes carry a deep melancholic feeling. Riffs are very powerful 'cause both guitars usually play the same thing at the same tune. The result is a very strong sound, which carries a yet easy-to-catch melody straight into your head.


The production is average: there is a couple of intermezzos which you will find incredibly hard to hear (you will have raise the volume to the maximum just for a few seconds).


Despite that, this album is worth the money you will spend for it. Though it's made from a band which is considered a "follower" in death metal genre, this is not a good reason to underestimate it. THE EVERDAWN was a talented band and if you are in death metal you will enjoy this release for a long time.

Decent, but derivative - 55%

Spawn_of_Cthulhu, February 8th, 2004

There isn’t really much to say about this album, except that… it sounds like At the Gates. Almost EXACTLY like mid-period At the Gates. Buzzing, sometimes chugging, death riffs over thrashy drums with competent melodic passages and the (very) occasional twin-guitar duel. The vocals are high and raspy, nearly a carbon copy of Tomas Lindberg’s. The solos are pure AtG. The song titles (and, I would expect, the lyrics, though I can’t seem to find them anywhere) are also rather reminiscent of AtG, with titles like “Autumn Sombre Autumn”, “Where Pain Never Dies”, and “When the Sunset Forever Fade”.

The production is extremely quiet. This isn’t really a big problem, but it can be annoying to have to turn the volume up twice as loud for this and then have to turn it back down for other, better-produced albums.

In sum, this is catchy melo-death with decent guitar work, that also happens to sound exactly like AtG. If you can find it cheap (like I did) and don’t mind the quiet production and the shameless AtG worship, Poems… is worth a listen.