02. The Ring Of Brodgar
04. When The Dragon Awakes Again
05. The Sacred Mount Of Tara
06. Prophecy Unveiled
07. Our Chant Is The Chant Of The Sea
08. The Silver Dew Of Telperion
09. The Dawn Of Ancient Days
11. Sunrise Of Arda
It is truly a unique moment in the human experience to reflect on one’s mortality and significance in the face of overwhelming expanses of the unknowable. Faced with the perplexingly esoteric, akin to the moments before an imminent fatal confrontation, there must be a swarm of polarized thoughts and emotions raging within. Such knowledge is a double edged sword – we are on the brink of limitless possibilities, but we are merely grains of sand in the grand scheme. It is unimaginable to those of us who will never feel this agonizing ambivalence. What is it that holds us to our course? Is it a sense of overwhelming duty and pride, or have we just despairingly abandoned identity and self-preservation in our soulless times? We are fortunate to have an album like A L’aube Des Jours Anciens, by the French dark mystical and martial Dawn and Dusk Entwined, to evoke these experiences and spare the wiser and weaker amongst us from confronting these feelings viscerally. By exploring the realms of myth and fantasy, DADE explore the archetypal elements that contribute to our collective humanity. The experience of the anguish stricken man must be timeless and transcend fantasy and reality, as is proof in this collection of plodding, melancholic tracks. There is an element of ancient glorification, but the honesty in this music reveals that human progress doesn’t radically alter our emotional perception. Fear, pride, and regret are universal reactions to extreme conditions, and Dawn and Dusk Entwine show us that no timeline or dimension can affect that.
The effect that David Sabre’s music has is that of a painfully slow march to the front lines of oblivion. The steady martial nature surrounded by the melancholy waves of sound confronts the listener with both sentiments of honour and sadness. The bombastic percussion is mixed with varied washes of swelling ambient synth drones. Complimenting the proto-orchestral battalion are Sabre’s half-sung droning lamentations. From the onset, this is nothing out of the ordinary in terms of the average martial industrial framework. The tendency to categorize should end right here on the surface level. It certainly isn’t all just odes to battle as Sabre explores all territories of darkness and majesty. There is a feeling of poignancy that is overwhelming in these songs. It is almost a heart-wrenching affair to get through some of the material present, as it is the source of the aforementioned emotional strain. His focus seems to be on a vast array of ancient themes harkening back to an age of nobility and paganism. The endless paradox of representing the past in our painfully incongruent present is never answered and we are left to ponder it deeper than ever before. Beautiful imagery mixes with individual struggles in an all encompassing vision of the human experience. Directly translated, the title of the album is “At the Dawn Of Ancient Days” – as all focus is cast back to the initiation of our heritage, and perhaps to a completely romanticized, imaginary landscape. The darkness emerges as time marches on, steadily erasing ancestral legacies as we rapidly approach the Common Era.
Dawn and Dusk Entwined has always been a strange meeting ground of martial and dark ambient forces. Always too much of one for the other, the music present on A L’aube Des Jours Anciens reinforces this duality and allows for a greater expanse of meaning. Art is just as intrinsic to any culture as armed conflict and thus the two must intertwine, but too often the martial industrial genre falls flat, relying on recycled clichés and expectations. DADE`s more emotive side allows the bombastic side to hit harder and more powerfully at its height. Thus, we find a romanticized nobility and forgotten sense of honour where the two sounds meet. We must carry on through our lifeless modern age, we have come too far now, but there is still that overwhelming pain lingering in our hearts that this is not what we deserve.