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Cry Of Dawn - 2016 Cry Of Dawn

ARTIST: Cry Of Dawn
ALBUM: Cry Of Dawn
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Goran Edman - vocals * Michael Palace - guitars, bass * Soren Kronqvist - keyboards * Daniel Flores - drums, keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Chance * 02 Listen To Me * 03 When Right Is Wrong * 04 Tell It To My Heart * 05 Light A Light * 06 Can't Go On * 07 Building Towers * 08 Hands Around My Heart * 09 Life After Love * 10 Yearn * 11 Tell Me


After several albums of similar quality, Frontiers releases the Cry Of Dawn CD following hard on the heels of Palace's 'Master Of The Universe'. Normally I am a sucker for this kind of music. Totally overblown keyboards, edgy guitars.. you know the rest. However by this point, my digestion can only take so much of this rich diet of melodic rock. My body is totally overwhelmed by this sugar induced sound that I feel a severe attack on my Pancreas coming on. This project revolves the vocals of journeyman Goran Edman, and he turns in another inspired performance, after being off the map for a few seasons.

The Songs
Daniel Flores is making a name for himself within the genre, but the recipe starts to wear thin when similar elements heard on his previous records start recurring over again. Tinkly synth introductions, verses which sound like you've heard them before somewhere, mixing and engineering elements which must be part of his studio DAW template, you get the picture. Sure, there's a truckload of sugar-loaded melodies, and yet despite all that, I find the guitar work sounding thin, especially the lead guitar. There are a bunch of good tracks, but the album highlight is toward the end with the excellent 'Life After Love'. Apart from that, I really couldn't get into it.

In Summary
Maybe I'm on a low carb and low fat diet now, and my musical tastes seem to be adjusting in sync. 'Cry Of Dawn' despite the intent, is just totally overblown for all the wrong reasons. A disappointment for mine..

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#1 | Cimozzen on October 04 2016 16:29:36
I 100% agree with you on this one. I was not a fan of this album. All of Daniel Flores music seems to be running together (I think I made a comment under First Signal about that, too)

So many of the melodies are carbon copies of songs from Find Me and Palace. ('Tell it To My Heart's intro is bluntly stolen from Find Me's 'Did You Feel Any Love', and Life After Love's melody is a remake of Palace's 'Young/Wild/Free.'
#2 | mickey on October 05 2016 12:39:28
I'm sorry to say (cuz i love Goran Edman) i agree, soulless and average AOR stuff.
#3 | tompa on October 05 2016 20:20:48
Have You listened to the Göran Edman-fronted Mårran? Classicsounding hard rock also including Björn Inge of November. That's what Edman have been up to in recept years. Good stuff!
#4 | george_the_jack on March 28 2017 20:28:52
A few good moments in here, mostly due to the flowing melodic voice of G. Edman, nevertheless, the material and overall style of songwriting don't help in any way to preserve the variation throughout the whole album. There's also nothing interesting in the instrumentation apart from some tasteful keyboard layering maybe here and there. COD reminds me of my fellow Wild Rose: If you have heard one album (or even worse 3-4 songs of theirs) you have heard it all. AOR for toddlers playground.
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