BravePicks 2020 - NECROPHOBIC's Dawn Of The Damned #6

December 26, 2020, 3 years ago

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BravePicks 2020 - NECROPHOBIC's Dawn Of The Damned #6

If there was any year that music was a true saviour, it was 2020. The ultimate diversion, as the world sits in virtual stagnation waiting anxiously for a fix. We will keep it brief here with the COVID commentary. Let’s let the music speak for itself. It is time to unveil our annual BravePicks countdown, where the devout scribes at BraveWords cast their votes at the hits and misses of the year! So who will be our #1? You’ll find out as we count down the BravePick Of 2020 each day in December! 

Everybody has an opinion and it’s time for ours! And stay tuned in January for the writers’ individual Top 20s (new studio albums ONLY), Top 5 Brave Embarrassments (a fan favorite!), What/Who Needs To Stop In 2021? and Metal Predictions For 2021. Sadly no concerts. But all will be showcased come the New Year!

This virus can go to hell! Let’s let the Top 30 releases of 2020 rock your world!

BravePicks 2020

6) NECROPHOBIC - Dawn Of The Damned (Century Media)

2020 saw Necrophobic again raise the fires of damnation with their new opus. The Swedish death/black masters infuse more life to their hellish sounds with thrashy riffs while adding unexpected melodies to heighten the senses. Fusing these sounds seamlessly have propelled them to the upper echelon of heavy metal and with the ghastly growls of Anders Strokirk to navigate the atmosphere, Dawn Of The Damned stands as one of the best of the year and hits #6 on our countdown.

An excerpt of a BraveWords feature:

BraveWords: With Dawn of the Damned following up one of the groups more acclaimed records ever in Mark Of The Necrogram, was there a pressure as the primary songwriter to keep that momentum going, or even top it?

Sebastian Ramstedt: “I just kept on writing after Mark Of The Necrogram. The success of the album came gradually during those two years on the road. So when I had written most of the material, I didn’t know about the success yet. But now when I know this it would have been horrible to start the writing sessions now, you know? And to do a third album now, that would be pretty hard, actually. You have to do what you want to do, you can’t think of what you should do. But actually when writing Dawn Of The Damned I felt totally free. There was no pressure at all. I felt confident and just kept doing what I do.”

BraveWords: In those early days when you began to break into and discover your love for heavy music, what were some of those defining influences? What would you say were some of those early bands you modelled your sound or tastes on?

Sebastian Ramstedt: “Back then in the ‘80s it was Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon. Probably Saxon more than any other band. Image-wise, it was Mötley Crüe and W.A.S.P. That combined, the hard music from Europe and this spectacular bloody image of the states, those two together were just fantastic. And that is still what I’m trying to do.

“I want us to be like W.A.S.P, but more satanic. And I want us to be like Iron Maiden, but heavier, you know? I must have new influences all the time, new input on things. So recently I’ve been listening a lot to the glam rock guitar players of the ‘80s, which I hated back in the ‘80s. I hated when you watched MTV and there was a Cinderella song or something and you had to sit through that to get a Sepultura song. But recently over like five, six years ago, I started to think of looking into why is everybody speaking about those guitar players? There must be something to it. And I realized that I have missed a lot of great techniques and themes and stuff by judging those bands as poser bands. So now I happily dig into the Dokken back catalogue just to pick out the goodies that I can get inspired to do black metal off. I don’t do Dokken pastiche, but I can take what I hear and I can create new kinds of riffs because of it.”

BravePicks 2020 Top 30

6) NECROPHOBIC - Dawn Of The Damned (Century Media)
7) ARMORED SAINT - Punching The Sky (Metal Blade)
8) ANNIHILATOR - Ballistic, Sadistic (Silver Lining)
9) ALCATRAZZ - Born Innocent (Silver Lining)
10) NAPALM DEATH - Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism (Century Media)
11) UNLEASH THE ARCHERS - Abyss (Napalm)
12) BLACK STONE CHERRY - The Human Condition (Mascot)
13) HAUNT - Mind Freeze (Shadow Kingdom)
14) ANAAL NATHRAKH - Endarkenment
15) AC/DC - PWRϟUP (Columbia/Sony)
16) BENEDICTION - Scriptures (Nuclear Blast)
17) KATAKLYSM - Unconquered (Nuclear Blast)
18) BLACKGUARD - Storm (Independent)
19) MEXICAN APE-LORD - Survival Cannibalism (Unable)
20) THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER - Verminous (Metal Blade)
21) ENSIFERUM - Thalassic (Metal Blade)
22) PROTEST THE HERO - Palimpsest (Spinefarm)
23) SODOM - Genesis XIX (Steamhammer)
24) INCANTATION - Sect Of Vile Divinities (Relapse)
25) MIDNIGHT - Rebirth By Blasphemy (Metal Blade)
26) NAGLFAR - Cerecloth (Century Media)
27) RAVEN - Metal City (SPV/Steamhammer)
28) KIRK WINDSTEIN - Dream In Motion (Entertainment One)
29) VANDEN PLAS - The Ghost Xperiment: Illumination (Frontiers)
30) GREEN CARNATION - Leaves of Yesteryear (Season of Mist)

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