A minor boost- so as not to be outdone by diminishing financial returns – in fidelity reveals that the tonal direction which Demoncy would use to conjure the singularity known as Joined in Darkness had begun to break through the thin trebly aether early on. Faustian Dawn sees a young mage wielding uncharacteristic competence during its initiatory rites; though not without a share of exuberant amateurism. Drawing from the tomes of Von, Beherit and Profanatica – the track “As Tears of Blood Stain the Altar of Christ” makes an appearance here re-titled – Demoncy finds itself offering a unique vision which recalls primordial humans cloaked by tawdry rags locked away from evolution by a compulsory participation in invocatory rites amidst humid rather than the more characteristically frigid backgrounds.
Still being a band’s early demo, the execution of the material herein behaves much like movements of the misshapen swarthy savages inhabiting its imagery. While the presence of an uncredited cover song, distractedly numerous ambient interludes and jaunt transitions in between phrases are wholly forgivable; there is nothing here which was not improved upon by Joined in Darkness and subsequent full length albums. Suffice it to say, there is a reason Faustian Dawn remained out of print for as long as it has. Equally devoid of any agency, Nuclear War Now! Productions has sought out once more to assuage the completionists’ OCD by offering demo material sub-par to the studio albums at a premium to collectors. We here at DMU hope that the proceeds will go to another effort such as the Order From Chaos – Frozen in Steel box set which issued unmarketable but quality material.