Ethereal Dawn – The Sins of an Angel EP
Release Date: 02/06/23
Running Time: 14:11
Review by Paul Hutchings
Following a story-based theme, one-man project Ethereal Dawn’s latest three-track EP is badged as cinematic metal, and it certainly lives up to the name. The Swede is a talented musician with a lovely, rich voice, and blends a range of styles into the mix. The result is three tracks over 14 minutes which are about as anthemic and dramatic as they come.
Opening with the title track, the longest song on the EP, it’s the first song of the ‘Winterheart’ saga, something that is no doubt a piece of work that Marcus EK will develop over time. It’s got a definite power metal flavour, with strong operative elements. It is the story of Lucian, who fell in love with an angel, then was slain by the gods who cursed him. He needs to find the winterheart to break the curse. All very fantasy video game to me, but the musical choreography is rather fetching, with sweeping passages that create cinematic soundscapes that enchant and transport you away to distant lands.
The following two songs are shorter, more intense and urgent, but both bring huge sonic movements that are uplifting and enchanting. Think Sonata Arctica, Rhapsody of Fire and you’ll be in the right place.
It isn’t going to be for everyone. The dramatic passages aren’t going to fit everyone’s taste, but if you like your music with plenty of melody, layered anthemic and bombastic pieces that all contribute to the overall drama of the EP, then this should be well worth a listen.
01. The Sins of An Angel
03. When Your Heart is Open
Marcus EK – Everything
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