Origin: Malvern, Pennsylvania, USA  
Genres: Traditional Metal
DISBANDED
Page online: January 8, 2018
Last update/review: January 8, 2018

Dawnbringer

Metallist Chris Black has his hands in several quality bands, and until recently Dawnbringer was one of them, the group deciding to hang it up in 2016. Dawnbringer was the most prolific of his bands, with a string of albums and EPs released during a decade-long career. It's quite interesting -- Black's bands don't really sound similar to each other, but there's a common strain present, especially comparing Dawnbringer to, say, High Spirits and Aktor, particularly with the rather unique vocals and songwriting skills. As heard on the 2012 concept album Into The Lair Of The Sun God, Dawnbringer offers plenty of Maiden-isms, with some NWOBHM and traditional metal blending with Black's distinctive, slightly raspy but still melodic vocals. This band never really seemed to gain major traction, which is unfortunate, as the style here would appeal to many metal fans.

Last Lineup

Chris Black

drums/vocals (Aktor, High Spirits, ex-Nachtmystium, Pharaoh, Superchrist)

Scott Hoffman

guitars

Former Members/Guests

Scott Haskitt

guitars

Dean Grey

guitars

Bill Palko

guitars

Matt Johnsen

guitars (Pharaoh)

John Weston

bass/vocals



Discography



Sacrament  EP
1996
  1. Rider at the Gate of Dawn (Part 2)
  2. Sacrament
  3. Walking Over Shadows
  4. In a Handful of Dust
  • Scott Haskitt
  • Dean Grey
  • John Weston



Unbleed  
1997
  1. The Way
  2. A Thousand Monarchs
  3. Waterbreath
  4. Witness
  5. Guardian
  6. Blindman
  7. Moth
  8. Untold
  9. River Will Burn
  10. To Circadia
  • Chris Black
  • Dean Grey
  • Bill Palko
  • Scott Hoffman
  • John Weston



Catharsis Instinct  
2000
  1. The Day the Deaf Went Blind
  2. Shoot to Kill
  3. All Hell Breaks Loose
  4. The Man Who Could Not Die
  5. Mudslicer
  6. Bleeding City
  7. Halfman
  8. What Are You Running From?
  9. Heart Particle
  10. Beggars & Children
  11. Cosmos Disease
  12. DNA
  • Chris Black
  • Bill Palko
  • Scott Hoffman
  • John Weston



In Sickness And In Dreams  
2006
  1. Scream and Run
  2. Anomie
  3. Hell Is a Desert
  4. There and Back
  5. Under No Flag
  6. You Get Nothing
  7. Midnight
  8. Attack of the Spiders
  9. The Snitch
  10. End of Earth
  11. Death in Time
  12. Endless Guilt
  13. No Answer
  • Chris Black
  • Scott Hoffman
  • Matt Johnsen



Nucleus  
2010 Profound Lore
  1. So Much for Sleep
  2. You Know Me
  3. The Devil
  4. Swing Hard
  5. Cataract
  6. Like an Earthquake
  7. All I See
  8. Old Wizard
  9. Pendulum
  • Chris Black
  • Scott Haskitt
  • Bill Palko
  • Scott Hoffman
  • Matt Johnsen



Three Soldiers Standing/Night Of The Sinner  EP
2011
  1. Three Soldiers Standing
  2. Night of the Sinner
  • Chris Black
  • Bill Palko
  • Scott Hoffman



Into The Lair Of The Sun God  
2012 Profound Lore
  1. I
  2. II
  3. III
  4. IV
  5. V
  6. VI
  7. VII
  8. VIII
  9. IX
  • Chris Black
  • Bill Palko
  • Scott Hoffman
  • Matt Johnsen



Night Of The Hammer  
2014 Profound Lore
  1. Alien
  2. The Burning of Home
  3. Nobody There
  4. Xiphias
  5. Hands of Death
  6. One-Eyed Sister
  7. Damn You
  8. Not Your Night
  9. Funeral Child
  10. Crawling Off to Die
  • Chris Black
  • Scott Haskitt
  • Bill Palko
  • Matt Johnsen



XX  EP
2016
  1. Why Would You Leave Me
  2. Into the Maze
  3. North by North
  4. Earth
  5. The End of the Beginning
  • Chris Black
  • Scott Hoffman




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