TAKING DAWN – Time To Burn
With an opening track that screams stadium sing-along, "Time To Burn", the title track promises a certain quality of metal, a type of old fashioned style metal present in classic Maiden, Kiss and Scorpions songs. Therefore my expectations were huge for the continuance of the album. Sadly the next couple of songs scream Bullet For My Valentine cover band more than anything else, mostly due to singer Chris Babbitt’s similarity in voice and singing style. Sure they do posses some stadium sing a long qualities in true hair metal fashion but it has lost the intensity and originality of the opening track "Time To Burn".
Taking Dawn do contain some desirable qualities in a metal band. Their music is catchy, easy to remember and quite mainstream so it’s easy to like even if you’re not that into metal. On the other hand, if you do like metal you have heard Taking Dawn before even if you haven’t heard them specifically. Apart from the title track ‘Time To Burn’, this album has zero grains of original thoughts. It mostly sounds like Bullet For My Valentine chucked in a blender with every one hit wonder hair metal band from the 90’s, and sad to say the result isn’t very good. The albums closing track, "The Chain" a Fleetwood Mac cover is a flash of light in a pitch black landscape filled with crashed ambitions and wrecked talent.