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Dawn / Press

“Dawn is a fantastic new symphonic rock band from Switzerland. I'll cut to the chase...keyboardist Nicolas Gerber channels the sounds that Tony Banks forgot to bring along with him on the recent Genesis reunion. This album is filled with tons of Mellotron and analog synth sounds that any fan of old school prog will freak over. For some odd reason, vocalist/guitarist Rene Degoumois constantly reminds me of the gentle tones of Pye Hastings. Bassist Julien Vuataz and Patrick Dufresne hold down the rhythmic fort quite well. Lots of long tunes give the band plenty of opportunity to stretch out. For such a young band they have developed a great knack for structuring a tune around "the big moment" - that's the point in the tune where your jaw drops and you get the chills...like Hackett's solo on "Firth Of Fifth". Clearly a band we will be hearing a lot more from. Highly recommended.”

“Dès les premières notes, nous sommes happés par une atmosphère délicieusement «seventies», ressuscitant avec éclat et splendeur la grâce des claviers autrefois possédés par la magie et les dons de l'incontournable Tony Banks, dont le souvenir est magnifié par le talent d'un Nicolas Gerber aux doigts enchanteurs et à l'interprétation étonnante de maturité et de prouesses. Un retour dans le passé particulièrement bienvenu tant le créateur semble, aujourd'hui, tout mettre en œuvre pour continuer son chemin sans se retourner sur ses pas. Le titre éponyme est ainsi une exquise ouverture au cœur d'une contrée noyée par les flots d'une atmosphère emplie d'envolées lyriques fascinantes, de plages instrumentales subtiles et aux mélodies soyeuses et veloutées. Un morceau rigoureusement et intelligemment construit, au sein duquel la basse, les synthés, les mesures rythmiques et les portées vocales s'enchaînent admirablement, faisant naître de ce mariage harmonieux”

“Overall, this album reminds the most of Genesis. But the Mellotron and vocals sound like Lizard-era King Crimson while the Hammond organ keeps reminding me of Uomo Di Pezza-period Le Orme. Note these are all Brits and Italians, not Germans or Swiss that they remind me of. And the sound is all vintage '70's prog. They also throw in some atonal sound effects (one longish sequence in particular sounds like dragging metal lawn furniture across a concrete patio) for good measure. But the sound quality isn't murky, hissy '70's at all ... the recording is very clear and clean, almost to the point that I wouldn't always call it symphonic ... much like the afore-mentioned The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, which is sometimes chillingly sparse just to make a good contrast when the Mellotrons and Hammonds kick in. But don't worry too much about being "derivative". In spite of reminding me of the above-mentioned bands, Dawn has found a sound of their own, and a very nice sound it is.”

“Il risultato è un debutto al bacio, in cui il quartetto elvetico gioca bene tutte le sue carte, proponendoci un songwriting ottimamente bilanciato fra melodia e tecnicismo, fra cuore e ragione: il tutto per rappresentare la vita dall'alba al tramonto, con gli alti e bassi dell'esistenza di tutti gli uomini. Ad ogni ascolto scoprirete nuove particolarità, nuovi passaggi che vi siete persi la volta precedente e vi garantisco che ascolterete questo cd molte volte prima di passare ad altro. In definitiva i Dawn sono una delle nuove proposte prog da non lasciarsi scappare: fiondatevi all'ascolto e supportate questi svizzeri che hanno davvero tante possibilità di far bene nel prossimo futuro. Io li aspetto fiducioso. Un inizio col botto per una band che può veramente dire la sua nel panorama progressivo. Fatelo vostro!”