Black Dawn
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Black Dawn

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1992 | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1992
Band Metal Rock





Their new cuts are strong and edgy with a force that tears at the heart with each pounding beat. Tracks like “Pray For Me” are begging for solace while you brace for the next guitar riff or the hypnotic voice of Matt Kotten. As you proceed through the track list you come upon another gem “Open The Gates” which brings you back to the days of the true Metal of Ozzy and Ronnie James Dio. The cutting edge guitar is reminiscent of Randy Rhodes or even Kirk Hammet.

-Nick Christophers - Skope - 8/18/2014

"Review of "Age of Reason""

This band reminded me a lot of Pantera music wise and singing wise. The band aren’t bad as they just aren’t some Pantera clone band, but they just have a sound similar to them. For the style they are playing, which I like some and mostly hate, they are better than most bands I have heard. The key to this for my ears is the riffs and the guitar crunch don’t come off to me as generic like most bands. The production on this is thick and heavy too and I just liked the songs structures and the vocals weren’t bad neither as he gets into the tunes. - Chris Forbes - MetalCore Fanzine (10/12/2010)

""Age of Reason" review"

BLACK DAWN deliver Age Of Reason with a hard metal punch. Their latest album maxes out as BD come to age, the age of hostile takeover. This album will have all you metalheads banging yer brains out to air-guitar heaven. Get this perfect fix, and pass one on to fellow thrashers for the holidays.
- STARR TUCKER - New York Waste (Winter 2009 issue)

"CD Review - Absence of Time"

"The Musically obsessed (and I use the term more literally than you know) foursome is lauded as "New York's Hardest Alternative Rock Band". "
- The Musicians' Exchange

"A Night at Bedrocks"

Their music will hit you in the face and yet leave you wanting more. - Jason "The J" Levine - Long Island Local Music Examiner (

"CD Review - Absence of Time"

"Based in New York, they are straight out of the Pantera and Slayer camp of heavy metal, with a touch of Life of Agony thrown in for variety. Its songs laced with madness violence and despair, Absence of Time is a dark aggressive CD that should appeal to most metal fans. "
- The Inside Connection

"CD Review - Absence of Time"

The CD is "fat" all the way around when it comes to the sound. Thick, crunchy guitars and thud-like thundering bass and drums stick out like a jagged hunk of rusted metal ready to impale all in its path. "
- Long Island Entertainment

"CD Review - Age of Reason"

"Age Of Reason contains a blend of a Sabbath meets Pantera by way of ‘80s thrash metal, laden with moody vocals not unlike Life of Agony or Alice in Chains. "
- Mike SOS, Crusher Magazine

"CD Review - Absence of Time"

The CD is "fat" all the way around when it comes to the sound. Thick, crunchy guitars and thud-like thundering bass and drums stick out like a jagged hunk of rusted metal ready to impale all in its path. "
- Long Island Entertainment


Black Dawn (1996)
Absence of Time (1999)
Age of Reason (2004)

Until We Meet (2014)



Black Dawn has been performing live music of the metal / heavy rock genre in the Long Island / New York City area since 1996.  Black Dawn has consisted of  the same four members for all eighteen years of live performances:  Matt Kotten (Lead Guitar / Vocals), Tom Kelly (Rhythm Guitar), James Lane (Bass Guitar), Enzo DiPaolo (Drums).  Black Dawn's most direct musical influences include Alice In Chains, Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Down, Fight, Godsmack,  Korn, Life of Agony, Metallica, Mudvayne, Soil, Soundgarden, Staind, Stone Temple Pilots, Tool, Volbeat, and White Zombie. 

Black Dawn's discography consists of the EP "Black Dawn" (1996), the live CD "Live at CBGB's" (1998), two full-length CD's "Absence of Time" (1999) and "Age of Reason" (2004), and the EP "Until We Meet" (2014).  Selected tracks from all of these releases have been included in rotation on hundreds of various college / internet radio stations and podcasts worldwide.  All five of the tracks from "Until We Meet" are currently available for free download on among other websites.  The most recent plans will have the band back in the studio in early 2015 to begin a new recording project. 

Black Dawn has performed / participated in numerous shows, festivals, competitions and conferences from New York City to as far as Los Angeles and has opened for acts such as Kings X, Daisy Berkowitz, LA Guns, Biohazard, and Michale Grave (ex Misfits vocalist).  Black Dawn has performed in many famous venues in New York City including Webster Hall, CBGB's, the Continental, and the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City.   

Perhaps the best thing that could be said about Black Dawn is that, even after all this time, the band has no intention of slowing down.  The band is writing new songs all the time so creatively, there is still plenty of gas left in the tank.  Still plenty more shows to perform.

Basically, a band like Black Dawn is what you get when you combine four metal / hard rock musicians who are able to work together over the long term through thick and thin to continue to bring their act to the stage.