In this scary time of global confusion, chaos and panic, music and the Internet have a vital role to play in bringing people together – even when they’re confined to their homes, as we are in the UK. Through the power of these two mediums we’re able to spread the GigRadar musical discovery compass into Turkey, with Izmir progressive metal band Dawnfall.
The band first appeared in around 2005, released an EP in 2008, then took a break from 2013 before bursting back onto the scene last year with the release of their Phoenix From The Ashes single.
It opens up with chugging heavy guitars and rolling drums, which continue under a cool little guitar lick. It drops down into a verse led by intense high-pitched vocals, with chugging guitars and big bass drum smashing away in the background.
A cool little twisting guitar lick feeds into more laid-back vocals over palm-muted guitars then a little solo takes over. Impressive high-pitched vocals give way to a cool little winding guitar section, then drawn-out vocals as the guitars continue to bring the track to an end. Check it out in the video below:
We had a chat with the band to find out more. Read on below…
Who are Dawnfall? What’s the backstory, how did you get together?
DF: “Dawnfall is a heavy/progressive metal band from Izmir city of Turkey, which gathered in 2005 by Edge Elekler (guitars) to play pure heavy metal covers, mainly Iron Maiden, Manowar and legendary Turkish heavy metal bands as Kramp and Whisky. After joining together, Dawnfall decided to compose their own songs and started to attend concerts in Turkey.”
“Until 2013, Dawnfall played over hundred concerts in different cities of Metal Music organizations and festivals. In 2008, Dawnfall released their first EP Fall of the Crown with four songs where the progressive and power metal elements drive the genre and characteristics of the song compositions.
“From 2013 to date, the band was turn into itself for composing new songs. In 2019, the members of the band revised. Edge, Orcun Ocguder (vocals) and Taylan Tokmakoglu (bass) were remained and with joining of Mert Kuldemir (guitars) and Burak Dunal (drums) the band decided to release their single Phoenix from the Ashes together with its official music video. All songs and lyrics are composed by Edge.”
GR: You sent us Phoenix from the Ashes to have a listen to. What should people be expecting from the song?
DF: “In fact, Phoenix is not the recent song the band has composed. It has a story of around 10 years, where the song was made and played in a few concerts. It’s the band’s decision to present a new comeback to the audience with music video and recording which some fans already know. The other reason is that we think still this song has an actual progressive metal sound at 2020.
“People should expect the Dawnfall’s style of heavy/progressive metal music which doesn’t contain too much chorus but includes a progressive flow of the riffs, vocals and lyrics that make people to imagine some chapters during listening the song.
“The concept of the song tells people not to afraid of the possible pain while a change occurs in your life. After the change, the transform will make you stronger and you’ll understand this is the form of life and it is endless. First part begins with a mystery, then the curtain opens slowly and the tempo increases to the climax of the song and then the conclusion parts gives the feeling of final struggle but with acceptance of the transform. As you’ll see the song has a repetitive end out with fading which tells this is a loop which you need to accept if you want to go on with life.”
Edge: “The inspiration to write this song comes from a fantastic short story that, one of my friends wrote while we were sharing our stories in a roleplay group. I was astonished when I met the character. Her struggle and desire to reach her wishes was really inspiring. When I first played the starting riffs, I understood that this song will fit to the story of that character. Also, for the official music video, I asked that friend to draw the runes which can be seen on the floor where the phoenix is transforming.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
Dawnfall: “Our songs have the input of heavy metal sound and the flow of the songs is shaped in years to be more progressive mainly the chorus parts don’t exist. In one of our song there is only two lines of lyrics where the vocal melodies are taking place more than lyrics. Also, we tend to write instrumental songs too. If people love clean vocals and a heavy/progressive sound structure and also the power metal elements, then they will feel they’re in the right place.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
DF: “Our songs mostly feed from fantastic stories or backgrounds. For example, in one song we tell the story of a messenger who is carrying an important note to his king and the other one tells the betrayal story of a king.
“The heaviest/most powerful song we have is Red Dawn, which tells the moments at war where the swords are drawn. But we need to admit that while telling such story in the main view, you can always hear some thoughts which refers to now. If you think the lyrics are taking place in your life, you can see they are also telling stories of how life is always changing and all struggles in our life has a purpose whatever hard the challenge is.”
GR: You’re the first Turkish band we’ve met, let alone the first Turkish metal band. What can you tell us about the Turkish music scene?
DF: “Metal music always keeps its place amongst Turkish people who are caring of their freedom and mentality that lets to rise against the system when it limits them.
“In the overall Turkish music scene, we have our cultural music which can be divided into two genres mainly as the palace music which played at Ottoman palace and the other which can be described as folk music. Both of them are still alive and stands as the main aspects of Turkish music that we also influence in some melodies. Other than these, of course pop culture is always popular.
“We can say when we started to make music in 2005, the support was unbelievable. Everyone was attending concerts, buying records, touring with the bands. But nowadays the young people are not too much into metal music.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
DF: “In the beginning, Manowar, Iron Maiden, Pentagram (Turkey) were the strongest influences of us. Later on, when we meet Beyond Twilight and started to listen Jorn Lande or Pagan’s Mind, we have the influences from them also.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
DF: “In April 2020 we’ll release our previous EP Fall of the Crown from 2008 in digital format in all music platforms. Also, in September 2020 we are planning to release one new song Mirror Image as a single. Maybe we can also release an official music video for this song as we did for Phoenix. We haven’t planned a concert yet. But if we have an offer we’re open to play live.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
DF: “Thank you for listening to our single and we hope you’ll like our EP release next month too. We just ask people to watch our official music video and share their opinion for it. It took great time and effort for us to finalise.”