"Light Of Dawn"

By Professor Jocko

Not having ever heard Unisonic before, my first impression after hearing the opening track “Venite” was that this was the opening soundtrack for a dramatic movie or Broadway show. However, after track two started, is was apparent that this was just an eye-opener for some serious rock music. I’m not quick at comparing bands to one another, but “Your Time Has Come” quickly reminded me of early Dream Theatre albums, mainly with the vocal styles of Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween), who with such a fluid voice soared through the song with incredible vigor and strength.

Now on their sophomore album, Unisonic has had a chance to improve on pure perfection with more melodic efforts. Although the next couple of tracks border on a ballad method of writing, they allow the rest of the members of the band show their individual talents. Although the songs are driven heavily on vocal patterns, the melodic pace allows the song to breathe; complimented mostly by the articulate mastery of the guitars.

This is the primary sound collage throughout the rest of the album  that borders on more of a progressive feel, which may alienate the more critical listener who expected something a little heavier. However, "Night of the Long Knives" is one of the better songs on the album; perhaps it could be that the previous track is a tad redundant and uncertain, where this track is clear and direct with articulate guitar work ranging from Mandy Meyers electric riffs to complement Kiske’s melodic and pleasant vocals.

It is obvious that the latter half of the album is more exciting, where tempo and song variation are concerned. Songs like "Blood" and "When the Deed Is Done" pick up the pace, which showcase Dennis Ward's incredibly inventive bass lines that give this balanced song the edge that provides it with infinite potency. The album concludes with three solid tracks, starting with the guitar-driven "Throne of the Dawn", which is heavily fueled by melodic vocals which complement the intense accuracy of the music.

One of the more profound tracks on the album is called “Manhunter”, which commences with somewhat of an anthem like vibe during the initial verses with subtle keyboards, but slightly builds in intensity with a chugging rhythm as it later breaks into something progressively deeper with apparent bass lines and a lower vocal tone. Like many albums of this particular style, "Light of Dawn" finishes with a track titled “You and I” which opens with a bouncy punch of bass guitar, which leaves the album with a good rock vibe. Although the vocals exhibit an incredible  talent, I would like to have seen more variety thanthe songs before it for more of a triumphant finish.