Golden Dawn - Reh 1994 PRO-CS (SS-17)
This professionally manufactured, and shrink-wrapped cassette is limited to 200 copies and serves as the first issue of this Golden Dawn (Austria) recording from 1994.
Finally, a physical version of the first recordings from Golden Dawn comes in the form of “Rehearsal 1994” pro-cassette, an epic 15 minute journey of atmospheric and homemade black metal. One would assume that the first recordings of a band would be formative and mere sketches of the art form to come, however, with Traunmueller’s first recording you get highly detailed and engrossing epic tale of a song that displays dynamism, great use of keyboards, and sheer originality despite it being a band’s earliest endeavor.
This track is surprisingly, some of the most eccentric and forward-thinking material in the band’s catalog. The vocal style alone is wholly original while it utilizes a chanting type of singing and multi-layering production that often times reflects Gregorian chant more so than the typical black metal rasp. The ability to embody various moods and personalities over the course of one song is also remarkable in this recording. The songs shifts from a feeling of spirituality and sacredness to one that is full of ferocity and then shifts again into symphonic moments that are at once playful and bombastic. This recording may seem exploratory, but each style is executed to masterful effect.