Troglodyte Dawn is the Christian doom brainchild of one
Randy Michaud, formerly a singer in a East Coast metal
band called D.T. Seizure many a year ago.
The self-titled album, essentially performed by Michaud alone,
is an interesting mixed bag of doom metal, ambient, and other
assorted rock styles.
From a metallic standpoint the highlights would be the
doomfests that are "Fallen World" and "Lust", both pretty cool.
"Flower" is a nice acoustic rock number, and the well-done
"Look At The Cross" reminds me of Neil Young for some reason.
"Dawn" and "667" are very quiet ambient pieces, that blend
well with the overall mood of the album.
It's not a perfect album, as "Redeemed" (apparently an old
worship song rocked up) is pretty ordinary and the dubbed crowd
noise is distracting,
(a cover of "After Forever", with completely changed lyrics)
isn't that great,
and there are times where the programmed
drums sound a bit tinny.
The lyrics are middle of the road as far as Christian bands go,
certainly in your face but not to the point of being overly
Michaud has since recruited a drummer and would ultimately like
to see this project become a full-fledged band, though it remains
to be seen if this happens.
As it stands,
is an enjoyable and fairly unique listen.
- Fallen World (including 'Human Race')
- Forever After
- Lust (including 'Testimony' & 'Droon')
- Look On The Cross