I was emulating Abbath and practicing my crab-walk a few moments ago when, to my surprise, horror, and embarrassment, I was interrupted and reminded that quite some time has passed since the last time we featured a Shiny Penny on the site. Y’all remember what that is, yes? It came to being when one day I was likening finding good metal bands among the shit-sea of terrible ones to finding one finding a shiny penny in the sewer. From this conversation, the Shiny Pennies segment was born and I’m pleased to announce is back (for this week, at least) with our first gleaming coin in sometime, Dawn of Tears.
Don’t know Dawn of Tears? Good, thats the point. I don’t think many people know who they or or that you can download their debut, Descent, and EP, Dark Chamber Litanies, for free on their website www.dawnoftears.com (or at least I think you can but their webpage isn’t opening for me right now). Dawn of Tears is a melodic death metal band from Madrid, Spain that was formed sometime in 1999. Since then the band has spent much of their time recording a demo, full-length, EP, and playing shows here and there. Both their full-length and EP are spectacular and shining examples of Swedish-inspired, dark death metal. Sweeping melodies, monstrous orchestral arrangements, and vocals that could go toe to toe with many of the band’s signed peers (and probably win!) all culminate to create something even the casual listener can identify as substantial.
To give you a better idea of what you’re getting yourself into should you decide to download a copy of either Descent or Dark Chamber Litanies (or both, do both!), we’ve included an MP3 of the track Cadent Beating you can hear by pressing play above.