Those of us still mourning the demise of both Bolt Thrower and Hail Of Bullets (which is all of us, right?!) know that if one band is going to continue to unleash weaponised death metal fury, it’s Sweden’s Just Before Dawn!
Battle-Sight Zeroing is Just Before Dawn‘s latest excursion into war-torn territory and it’s to Vietnam in which they find themselves deployed. Living like “Tunnel Rats” is one thing but Just Before Dawn aren’t afraid to position themselves in the firing-line, with their grinding mid-tempo onslaught marching ever-onwards.
Tank-sized riffs crush all in their path and while Battle-Sight Zeroing is, admittedly, Bolt Thrower worship at its most inferential, the likes of “Mac V Sog” are so damn convincing that you’ll simply thank for them for ploughing such a well-worn, yet ever welcome, path to glory.
Ready for combat and with their sights set firmly on the enemy, the leaden grooves and Karl Willets (Bolt Thrower, Memoriam) meets Martin van Drunen (Hail Of Bullets, Pestilence, Asphyx) vocals of Remco Kreft (Graceless) provide the perfect weaponry for Just Before Dawn to cause maximum damage. This shit steamrolls you into the mud and the band make no apologies for any casualties left in its wake.
Efficient and deadly, Just Before Dawn can play this kind of war metal in their sleep – with one eye open, awaiting an ambush, of course! 7/10
Just Before Dawn‘s Battle-Sight Zeroing is due for release on December 15th, 2022 via Into It Records