Fans of the band have to prepare for a pretty dry season, because BEFORE THE DAWN will undergo massive changes after summer (personal- and music-wise), and they´ll play live only at Finnish Nummirock and Tuska festival (after-party). Another good reason why this edition should be part of your collection:
At the same time when the full-length album „Deathstar Rising“ came out, Cyclon Empire made Before The Dawn´s anniversary EP „Decade Of Darkness“ available outside Finland, and fleshed it up with a live DVD. My impression of the EP can be read here, the DVD „Live at Summerbreeze 2009“ features the whole festival show with the tracks
The DVD menue is kept simple, you can play all the songs or choose any one of them, sound quality is great – if it wasn´t for this „raw“ live feeling and some tiny bloopers, it would have been way too perfect-clinical for me. Nothing to complain about the visual aspect – the festival atmosphere is captured well, camera and editing are OK and thanks to those close-up you can finally study Juho´s headbanging, Atte´s smile and his drum-antics or Tuomas´ tattoos a bit better. It´s cool that Lars´ comments were left unedited, because those make a part of the live appeal of this band.
Summing up – a must-have, because on the EP you´ll find one of the best BTD songs ever, and the DVD offers a special Best-Of package. A fan just would have wished for at least 30 min more live material...