HistoryDawn Of Relic was formed by Jukka Juntunen in 1993 who, at this point, handled both the drums and keyboards. A demo simply called Dawn Of Relic was released in late 1993. It was awash in synthesizers. 1997's demo Of The Ambience translated into a deal for the band with Wicked World/Earache. Consequently One Night In Corcosa was issued by the label in 1999. This album was recorded at Finland's Arista Studio. Unfortunately the band was dropped by the label.
A further demo was issued two years later, now featuring Teemu Luukinen, which brought the band a contract - this time with French label Season Of Mist. The band's second full-length was recorded at Tico Tico Studio and was issued in late 2002. The three chapters of the album are tales related to the work of H.P. Lovecraft. Alexi Ranta of The Black League guested on this album. Pekka Malo left the act prior to the album's release. The band and ...and Oceans played a concert.
Drummer Jukka had an inflamed hand and could not drum in 2003. Mika was kicked out due to his lack of interest. The album was due to be recorded in 2004, but Teemu Luukinen was becoming a father and the band postponed entering the studio to 2005. Kai Jaakkola of Deathbound was the guest singer on the third record.
The band went on hiatus in 2005, but of course reformed in 2009.
DAWN OF RELIC - LOVECRAFTIAN DARK - SEASON OF MIST
Dawn Of Relic is an exercise in contradictions. For one, a Finnish metal band is as good an oxymoron as any these days (OK, there is the old standby military intelligence). Then there is the harsh vocals, mechanical drumming and fast guitar interplay which is usually accompanied by the keyboards. Furthermore, a song like Wrathcast can be heavy and feature great guitar work, but then comes The Awakening with its K&F (keyboards & Female vocals) drivel which is enough to drive any otherwise healthy man to vomit. It really is too bad for were these Finns to drop the keyboards, boot the booty and concentrate on delivering metal, the band would have a lot to offer.
As things stand, the band is a hodgepodge of styles. The album is comprised of three chapters recounting H.P. Lovecraft's tales. Recorded at Tico Tico the band has a good sound. - Ali "The Metallian"