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Red Dawn

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Late 2008, Aided By The World Wide Web Of Propaganda, It Began… Within Minutes A Sound and style Was Emerging. Several Sessions Later, More Strangers Were Introduced. Some Stood, Some Fell. The Resulting Sound Has Been Described Within The Realms Of The Big Four And The NWOBHM With A Modern Original Edge. Solid Driving Drums, Monstrous Blasting Beats Flanked By Solid Grooving Guitar Riffs And Supersonic Melodies, Thunderous And Tight Basslines Met With Melodically Malevolent Vocal. February 2010 The Line Up Was Set And The First Gig Was Played. April 2010 The debut Single, ‘The End Of It All’ Was Recorded At STL Studio’s, Wellington. ‘The End Of It All’ Has Received Attention Both Locally And Internationally.

April 2012 brought a change in vocals, furthering the melodic trend; the lineup solidified in March of 2013 with an extreme dual shredder guitar attack. ‘Ironhead’ was recorded and produced at STL Studios, mixed by Masterdisk in New York, and has achieved rave reviews in pre-production. With a release date of November 2013, and aided by the Wacken Foundation, Red Dawn are primed to take their unique sound beyond the shores of New Zealand.

Red Dawn are:
Steve Francis, Drums
Andrew MacGregor, Guitars
David Wong, Bass
Dan Hayston, Guitars
Ed Hintz, Vocals

2013 RNZ interview with Red Dawn. They discuss why listening to Iron Maiden is more important than anything you’ll ever learn in school, and why operatic vocals are ‘killer’.

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Steve Francis features in this 2014 RNZ piece on the history of New Zealand Extreme Metal.

Profile courtesy of Red Dawn. Cover sourced from Bandcamp. Used with permission.

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