Origin: Austria  
Genres: Gothic Metal, Black Metal
Last update/review: February 14, 2015

Golden Dawn

Golden Dawn is the brainchild of Stefan Traunmüller, who originally founded the band as a one-man black metal project in 1992. Eventually he attracted the attention of two influential Austrian metallists (Martin Shirenc of Pungent Stench and Hollow, and Ray Wells of Pazuzu), leading to a compilation appearance and eventually a recording contract with Dark Matter Records. Traunmüller recorded the debut album, The Art Of Dreaming, still as a one-man band, but with session help freom Shirenc, Abigor's Thomas Tannenberger, and others. Unfortunately, Dark Matter soon folded, and it would be seven years before the band, now a four-piece, would record the follow-up, Masquerade, on Napalm Records. Masquerade is a diverse and mature album, much more aligned with gothic and traditional metal than black, with Traunmüller's classically-influenced keyboard work providing plenty of interesting melodies. The vocal work ranges from some goth crooning to a cleaner vocal style to the occasional black rasp, with some nice female vocals as well. This is not an immediate listen, as it's less straightforward than many of the current albums flying the goth banner, but it's a refreshing and interesting release. The project reverted back to a Traunmüller solo effort for the third album, 2012's Return To Provenance.

Current Members

Dreamlord (Stefan Traunmüller)


Former Members/Guests

Karim Kienzleg


Sebastian Reiter


Moritz Neuner

drums (ex-Abigor, ex-Atrocity, ex-Dornenreich, ex-Darkwell, ex-Enid, ex-Evenfall, ex-Korova, ex-Korovakill, ex-Leaves' Eyes)


The Art Of Dreaming  
1996 Dark Matter
  1. Ideosynchronicity
  2. The Art Of Dreaming
  3. Nothing But The Wind
  4. My Confession To War
  5. Sub Specie Aeternitatis
  6. The Majesty Of My Kingdom Afar
  7. The Sorcery Of The Nagual Side
  8. Per Aspera Ad Astra
  9. Beyond The Mortal Shell
  • Dreamlord

2003 Napalm
  1. Silent Inferno
  2. Doomsday Celebration
  3. Alive And Immortal?
  4. Where Dragons Reign
  5. Masquerade
  6. Enthralled By Unknown Dimensions
  7. Unborn Again
  8. A Memory's Reflection
  9. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
  10. Angel
  • Dreamlord
  • Karim Kienzleg
  • Sebastian Reiter
  • Moritz Neuner

Return To Provenance  
2012 Non Serviam
  1. Nameless
  2. Return To Provenance
  3. Dark Illuminations
  4. Dionysian Eucharist
  5. Denial
  6. Seduction
  7. Vision of Entirety
  8. Self-destruction
  • Dreamlord

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