Black Dawn

Black Dawn

BandRockMetal

"Black Dawn is following in the footsteps of the few, the proud and the heavy..." (Musicians' Exchange)

Biography

Black Dawn is four musicians, a faithful road manager, a growing legion of fans (ranging from rowdy adolescents to toothless old men and women), a respect and appreciation for the sound of silence, and a suitcase full of aggressive and
passionate hard-edged music.

"Black Dawn is following in the footsteps of the few, the proud and the heavy..." (Musicians' Exchange)

Enzo: "Our music appeals to a large age group, one night we were playing a show and we had just finished a song and this deranged old man got up on stage and started dancing. He had three teeth missing and had his underwear hanging out of his pants. He liked us so much that he took his money out and starting handing it out to everyone in the band..."

Matt: "And then there was the time we played at that dive in Queens and that fat old lady with the fur coat and no teeth started bumping and grinding to the music. We kind of appeal to everyone, young and old..."

The original incarnation of Black Dawn was created in 1992 when Tom Kelly hooked up with a local Long Island bass player. Originally intending to have the band be a hobby, over the years it has evolved into a very serious affair.

Tom: "I hate to use the word 'hobby' to describe what I do with the band because that puts it in the same category as stamp collecting and building models. This is so much more than just a hobby. It's a way of life..."

"Black Dawn has been labeled 'New York's Hardest Alternative Rock Band'. But f*ck that. They're not alternative. They're metal. The way it's supposed to be..." (Backwash Zine)

Black Dawn's long awaited fourth CD "Age of Reason", follows on the heels of their very successful self-titled CD, released in 1997, the live recording ("Live at CBGBs"), released in 1998, and their first full-length CD "Absence of Time" in 1999. All three releases charted on hundreds of college, alternative and loud-rock radio stations throughout the Northeast and earned the band a folder full of praise.

The band strives to stay fresh and vibrant in a genre that is muddy and dark; aims to be positive amidst lyrics that are manic, frustrated and angry; breathes new life into a musical style that is often over saturated by stale, "been there, done
that" local bands. Much of this originality can be attributed to the principle songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Matt Kotten.
Although the music he writes is heavy and angry-sounding, his lyrics are passionate and emotional. This contradiction gives the music a fresh twist and sets the band apart from other bands in the genre. In addition, Matt feels that the music benefits from the strong connection the band members have to each other.

Matt: "We really know how to work well with each other. I write the music and lyrics, but I'll also really get inspired by [drummer] Enzo - the way he plays. I totally vibe from that. And the other members will add their input in arranging once the songs are done."

"These disturbed hardcore rock dynamos bring new meaning to soul music...as in 'my soul has been possessed by music'... Their passion fr these satanic symphonies has helped them emerge as one of the best bands of it's kind on Long Island and
resurrected that kick-ass type of music we call unadulterated heavy metal..." (Long Island Entertainment)

Pete: "How do the fans react? Hopefully, they leave a show bloody and beaten but totally fulfilled..."

The members of Black Dawn stay honest by being true to themselves and true to the music, and after years together, they know how to make the band machine work smoothly. Besides their obvious musical roles, they also have their unspoken
roles within the band: Matt is the sensitive one - he brings the aggression into the songs. Tom is the serious one -- he brings stability and helps keep the music together. Enzo is the crazy one - he adds the power behind it all. James is the cool, collected one - he brings the soul into the music.

Black Dawn’s fourth CD "Age of Reason" is scheduled for a Summer 2001 release, and promises to deliver what their famousfor: honest, no-holds-barred, aggressive and passionate music. With no compromises...

James: "The most important thing is that you never settle on just trying to please an audience by playing what you think they want to hear and see. If something is bothering you about what you're playing, then change it. If something is still bothering you after that, then don't play. Maybe complete silence is the sound you are searching for to complete that masterpiece..."

Lyrics

For Me

Written By: Matt Kotten

Have you ever asked yourself? Why it is that I am here? Well I know that I have. This darkened room I push is deep. Try and see. What this is? Can you see? It's what you're used to. (Chorus: Don't you ever touch me I'm not afraid. Just a little boy the boy I used to be. Time brings forth a change a giant you stood to me. Now I stand the man so I ask if you can see now.) Stripped of all my everything. Now I lay here wide awake. Searching for another reason. Why it is that I should stay? Try and see. What this is? Can you see? It's what you're used to. (Chorus) Try and see. What this is? Can you see? It's what you're used to. Try and see. What this is? Can you see? It's what you're used to, used to. Why do you hear? I said the angels cry at night. I can not sleep sleepless in this darkened night. So I close my eyes and I let you slip away. Don't say goodbye until you taste the sun
of another day. And everything I did. You know it was for me. Yeah! For me! Yeah! For me!

Push

Written By: Matt Kotten

Why am I am I even here? I've seen the sons of fathers who've raised their hands up to them. Don't you try and bring me down cause here I am again. Don't you try and push me down cause here I stand like a man not like you here I am. Oh yeah! (Chorus: I never believed in me until I saw through these eyes. I can be what I wanna be laughing aloud we hide these cries. But these walls they know your pain lunging out at me again. Take the time to look around for one day you will be gone.) Why am I am I even here? I've seen the sons of fathers who've raised their hands up to them. Don't you try and bring me down cause here I am again. Don't you try and push me down cause here I stand like a man not like you here I am. Oh yeah! (Chorus) As you leave, as you're leaving me. Don't you take, take this piece of me. As you grieve, as you're grieving me. Don't you cry, don't cry for, don't cry for, don't cry for, don't you cry for me.

Rock Covered Grave

Written By: Matt Kotten

I don't know what's gone wrong with me. I don't know what is now gone. I don't care or give a damn for me. I don't want anyone, anymore. Slowly thoughts i lay to rest. While flowers wilt and turn to sand. As we lay here silently. All these thoughts go race back to me. (Chorus: i'm on my own now. I don't know love now. Feel so alone now. I said i've lost that someone to love) take me away. As i sit here i'll still wait for you to come back to me again. As i sit here i still think of how it all and how it used to be. My shallow grave's been dug for me. There is no place that i'd rather be. Don't want to live in pain anymore. Just let me in and i'll close the door behind.

December Moon

Written By: Matt Kotten

What, what is this I'm feeling? For I, I can not decide. Alone, locked up in this empty soul now. Let, let this pain subside. Find a place I'm dreaming swimming through the sky. Sorrow on the Sabbath rains your ashes in the sky. Don't you let me down! Still you let me down! Why, why you let me down? Don't, don't you let me down! (Chorus: What is this I'm feeling? I can not decide. Locked up in this empty soul you let this pain subside. Find a place I'm dreaming swimming through the sky. Sorrow on the Sabbath rains your ashes in the sky.) What, what is this I'm feeling? I, I can not decide. Alone, locked up in this empty soul now. Let, let this pain subside. Find a place I'm dreaming swimming through the sky. Sorrow on the Sabbath rains your ashes in the sky. Yeah! Don't you let me down! Still you let me down! Why you let me down? Don't you let me down! (Chorus) Deep inside this darkened forest where echoes still do live. A thousand voices screaming out telling me it's time for me to forgive. Don't you close
this lid upon my life cause I will be gone. Everything I did for me cause tomorrow I'll be gone. December Moon.

Wait

Written By: Matt Kotten

I wait to see a golden sun it leaves and then it colors me. Embrace all these thoughts descend down to me you float so free. (Chorus: wait for me now. Don't you take another piece of me you found. Wait for me now. Don't you take another piece of me you found) i see you now as you move before my hands that greet your face. Close distraught eyes have no time to breathe your beauty steals me (chorus) so you sit here and you think of all these things that could've been. With your hands above the shadows and your head upon the sand. Shrouding all the ground around me as we watch the sun it rises. And the wind it whispers sweetly blowing your voice through the trees. I'm laughing aloud so silently i'm closing my eyes as you fade into me (to me). So you think you can take another piece of me. And leave me dying here well close your eyes and some day you'll see. Wait, wait cause someday you'll see that maybe i'll come back so. Take, take another piece of me cause you never listened. Wait, wait for me cause some day
I'll be home. Wait for me cause some day i'll be home. (Chorus)

Room of White

Written By: Matt Kotten

Turn this key a little more now. Unlock the doors that close this mind. Float away upon these puddles (of rain). Pray they wash away what you find. Sitting here you ponder confusion. Asking what is next to come of this. Close your eyes and i will help you. Together we'll find this place called home. (Chorus: see what you do to (me). Feel me deep inside of you. Tasting you i feel the pleasure. Of your legs wrapped around. Close my eyes i'm leaving never. This is where i wish to die) this room of white surronds me. Breathe my soul you now become me. Close your eyes reach out you've found me. Tears of love sorrow without me. Candles burn and wave their shadows. Upon this wall that bares your face. I close my eyes and hope to find. I hope to find this other place (room of white) (chorus)

Discography

SELF TITLED (Winter 1997) BD001
LIVE AT CBGB’S (Spring 1998) SGR90101
ABSENCE OF TIME (Spring 1999) SGR90102
AGE OF REASON (Fall 2004) SGR90103

Set List

Usual sets vary from 30-45 minutes (all original music).