Red Dawn - World Eater (Self Released)
The sound of Red Dawn could best be described as traditional Heavy Metal with tinges of melodic 80s speed/thrash (think Anthrax - Spreading the Disease) but with a modern production.
The four consistently strong tracks on "World Eater" are all reinforced by solid drumming from Steve Francis (Ex-Demoniac and who also beats the skins for Wellington (NZ) band Bulletbelt), as well as Guitar and Bass work from Andrew McGregor, Greg McColl and David Wong. But the highlight for me are the outstanding "sung" vocals of Thomas Barker That's right, Red Dawn haven't copped out and made a trad Metal record with stock standard growled Vocals, Thomas actually sings and sings well. I wouldn't go as far as to compare him with the strength of Bruce Dickinson or Rob Halford, but I'd definitely say he's on the same path.
World Eater is a strong first EP. The only thing that's missing are a few sing-a-long metal anthems. Add a few of those to the mix and the Red Dawn debut Album will be a classic in the making.
Find out for your self at the band's website:http://www.reverbnation.com/reddawnnz