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Cry Of Dawn: Anthropocene
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Cry Of Dawn: Anthropocene

AOR Melodic Rock
4.5/5.0

Prolific Swedish singer Goran Edman (John Norum, Yngwie Malmsteen, Brazen Abbot, et al) introduced fans to his Cry of Dawn project with the self-titled debut in 2016. The band featured an assortment of talent from European theater and Frontiers Music stable. Now, seven years on, Mr Edman returns with his follow up album, Anthropocence, which features another prolifice Swedish talent, producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Tommy Denander. "Anthropocence" refers to " a proposed geological epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on Earth's geology and ecosystems, including ... climate change." (Wikipedia)

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With this collaboration, you have to significant pillars of AOR melodic rock and this album. Goran Edman sings clean following song harmony and melody and so proves once more that he is completely in his favorite genre. Tommy Denander is a master song craftsman. Song melody and harmony are abundant as are rock rhythm and groove with catchy refrains. He's also an exceptional guitarist, offering the album the sine qua non of the genre: excellent solos.


Which allows us to consider some songs. Straight up AOR rockers arrive Memory Lane, Sign Of The Times, and End Of The World. Perhaps somewhat heavier with crisper, bolder riffs are Before You Grow Old and A Million Years Of Freedom. A traditional mix of anthem and ballad can be found with Long Time Coming Home and Edge Of A Broken Heart. All said, Goran Edman and Cry Of Dawn's Anthropocene, featuring Tommy Denander, offers listeners a well-crafted and enjoyable album of classic AOR melodic rock. Easily recommended.

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The Take Away

All said, Goran Edman and Cry Of Dawn's Anthropocene, featuring Tommy Denander, offers listeners a well-crafted and enjoyable album of classic AOR melodic rock. Easily recommended.

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