Up to now Dawnstar have only released a demo, which, as mentioned above, is completely instrumental. It is a bold choice; a small trend of making instrumental releases flourished in the 90s, but those bands never had much success and this genre disappeared: an instrumental album can be a double-edged weapon, unless you are a top-notch musician. However, the fact is that Dawnstar have tried this path; this untitled demo only one track of about 21 minutes that has a few captivating melodies in the first half, but at minutes 10 the track changes genre from evocative atmospheric black metal to a kind of ambient new age. In my opinion, the lack of unity affects heavily the track, since it remains inconclusive and never comes to the point. In conclusion, Dawnstar should really come up with something more to impress the listener.
If you are curious, listen to this demo with the player below.
Release date: December 9 2015 on Lone Tower Publishing.
Text by Herjann