Black Dawn

Black Dawn

 New York City, New York, USA
BandMetalRock

Metal / heavy rock from Long Island, NY for fans of Godsmack, Disturbed, LIfe of Agony, and Volbeat.

Biography

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 www.reverbnation.com/blackdawnband 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. 

Lyrics

Reflect

Written By: Matt Kotten

HOW CAN I FUCKIN' BELIEVE YOU?
USED UP ALL YOUR LIES.
I DON'T WANT TO HEAR YOU'RE SORRY.
THIS TIME SORRY'S STILL WRONG GOODBYE.
I OPEN UP YOU TAKE THIS LIFE FROM ME.
YOU LEAVE YOUR TASTE IN MY MOUTH.
I SUGGEST YOU FUCKIN' WALK AWAY.
FOR THIS TIME I'LL BE GONE.

HOW CAN I....
STILL REFLECT?
HOW CAN I....
STILL RESPECT?

I DON'T EVER WANT TO LOOK AT YOU.
YOU BURN MY EYES WITH YOUR SOUL.
I DON'T WANT TO HEAR WHAT YOU SAY TO ME.
GET ON YOUR BACK YOU'RE A WHORE.
DEEP INSIDE I FEEL ME BREAK AWAY.
MY HEART IT BLEEDS AGAIN.
I SUGGEST YOU FUCKIN' WALK AWAY.
FOR THIS TIME I'LL BE GONE.

HOW CAN I....
STILL REFLECT?
HOW CAN I....
STILL RESPECT?

OPEN YOUR EYES LOOK UP TO ME NOW.
TELL ME YOUR FEARS FOR I AM HERE NOW.
DON'T LOOK AWAY CAUSE I'LL BE YOUR FRIEND NOW.
I'LL CARRY ON WITH YOU TILL THE END.

I'LL CARRY ON, I'LL CARRY ON, I'LL CARRY ON WITH YOU.
I'LL CARRY ON, I'LL CARRY ON, I'LL CARRY ON WITH YOU.

RESPECT! ME! RESPECT! ME!

HOW CAN I....
STILL REFLECT?
HOW CAN I....
STILL RESPECT?

Suicidal Groove

Written By: Matt Kotten

DON'T YOU TAKE ME FOR A FOOL CAUSE I AIN'T NOTHING LIKE YOU.
YEAH I LIED BUT NEVER WOULD I HURT THOSE CLOSE TO ME.
YOU'VE TAKEN MY BODY, NOW YOU'VE TAKEN MY SOUL, BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY MY PRIDE.
TAKING A STAND.
BECOMING A MAN THAT MY FATHER HE COULDN'T BE.

I'M HIGH YOU'RE HIGH CAN'T WE SIT AROUND AND ALL JUST BE FINE?
PASS AROUND THE BIG OL' BOTTLE NOW.
TELLIN' TALES OF REMEMBER WHEN HOW.
I'M HIGH YOU'RE HIGH CAN'T WE SIT AROUND AND ALL JUST BE FINE?
PASS AROUND THE BIG OL' BOTTLE NOW.
TELLIN' TALES OF REMEMBER WHEN HOW.

JUST SUPPOSE THAT I WAS YOUR SON WELL THEN WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO ME?
WOULD YOU FORGET JUST WHAT I LOOK LIKE AND TAKE ME FOR WHO I AM?
YOU'VE TAKEN MY BODY, NOW YOU'VE TAKEN MY SOUL, BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY MY PRIDE.
LEND ME YOUR HAND AND PULL ME ON UP IF YOU WANT TO SEE ME AGAIN.

I'M HIGH YOU'RE HIGH CAN'T WE SIT AROUND AND ALL JUST BE FINE?
PASS AROUND THE BIG OL' BOTTLE NOW.
TELLIN' TALES OF REMEMBER WHEN HOW.
I'M HIGH YOU'RE HIGH CAN'T WE SIT AROUND AND ALL JUST BE FINE?
PASS AROUND THE BIG OL' BOTTLE NOW.
TELLIN' TALES OF REMEMBER WHEN HOW.

IN MY LIFE THERE'S BEEN PAIN INSIDE.
I JUST WANT TO END THIS LIFE.
WON'T YOU HELP ME END IT ALL?
DARKEND HOUR HAS GONE BY.
CAN YOU FEEL THE PAIN I FEEL?

I'M HIGH YOU'RE HIGH CAN'T WE SIT AROUND AND ALL JUST BE FINE?
PASS AROUND THE BIG OL' BOTTLE NOW.
TELLIN' TALES OF REMEMBER WHEN HOW.
I'M HIGH YOU'RE HIGH CAN'T WE SIT AROUND AND ALL JUST BE FINE?
PASS AROUND THE BIG OL' BOTTLE NOW.
TELLIN' TALES OF REMEMBER WHEN HOW.

Hostile Intentions

Written By: Matt Kotten

FIND YOURSELF KNOW YOURSELF DON'T LIE TO OTHERS. DON'T YOU FUCKIN' LIE TO ME JUST TO SAVE SOME FACE. YOU'VE PLAGUED US ALL WITH YOUR THOUGHTS AND YOUR DISILLUSIONS. YOU'D DIE FOR ME KILL FOR ME TAKE AWAY THIS PAIN. THE SMALLEST THING AS A FRIEND SORRY YOU COULDN'T BE. SPEAK NOT TO ME WITH HOSTILE INTENTIONS. (CHORUS: TURN AROUND AND LOOK AT ME SHADOWS WITHOUT A SOUL. I'VE FALLEN DOWN ONTO MY KNEES TO CRAWL OUT FROM THIS HOLE. JUST A MAN WITHOUT A FACE DRIFTING OUT OF SLEEP. INSECURITY CONSUMING YOU AS YOUR MIND SWALLOWS YOU DEEP) BLOOD SHOT EYES AND SWOLLEN VEINS WONT HEAL YOUR SOUL. WHEN I TAKE I TAKE TO HEAL BUT MISERY SLEEPS WITH ME. A TALKING MYME CLOUDY MIND LACIDAZICAL. WHEN YOU TAKE YOU TAKE TO STEAL SO MISERY WAKES WITH ME. WHEN I'M WASTED SINKIN' DOWN. DOWN INTO THIS CHAIR. THIS DESERT MOON SURROUNDS ME AND THE SAND BECOMES MY BED. (CHORUS) I THINK THERE'S SOMETHING REALLY SAD ABOUT THE WAY YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE. YOU ALWAYS WANT RESPECT FROM ME WELL RESPECT ME NOT YOU DIE. SORRY THAT YOU HAD TO RUIN ALL OF YOUR PRECIOUS DREAMS. DENY ME NOT FOR BEING HIGH WELL SHE GIVES ME ALL, GIVES ME WHAT I NEED. DON'T YOU FUCKIN' LIE! (CHORUS)

December Moon

Written By: Matt Kotten

What, what is this I’m feeling? For I, I cannot 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.

PRECHORUS:
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 cannot 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!

PRECHORUS:
Don’t you let me down! Still you let me down! Why you let me down? 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.

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, I will be gone. Everything I did for me cause tomorrow I’ll be gone. December Moon.

I Am Who I Am

Written By: Matt Kotten

I am who I am!

SPOKEN:
I asked for forgiveness. My request fell upon deaf ears. Extending myself to you. Is something I regret.

Don’t try to wake me. I became your fool just for a day. Don’t try to forsake me. Cause I was the one the one who forgave. And don’t try to leave me. Cause I was the one you left behind. And don’t kill to kill me. Cause I’ll always be inside your mind.

PRECHORUS:
Because I was just your fool for a day. I asked for forgiveness and then I stayed. Praying to a god I cannot face. I’ll always be inside your head.

CHORUS:
I am who I am!
I am who I am!
I am who I am!
I am who I am!

Don’t try to wake me. I became your fool just for a day. Don’t try to forsake me. Cause I was the one the one who forgave. And don’t try to leave me. Cause I was the one you left behind. And don’t kill to kill me. Cause I’m right here in your fucking mind.

PRECHORUS:
Because I was just your fool for a day. I asked for forgiveness and then I stayed. Praying to a god I cannot face. I’ll always be inside your head.

Don’t you run away from me again and again. Cause I’ll take you by your hand as I lick the ground to find mine. Who cares who’s left to be right when there’s no one left to be wrong? Can’t you even understand that we’re all trying to be free? I am who I am!

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 her 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 her 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.

As you leave, you’re leavin me, well don’t you take, take this piece of me. As you leave, as you’re leavin me, well don’t you cry, don’t you cry for, don’t you cry for, don’t you cry for, don’t you cry for me. Help, me, kill.

Upon Your Lips

Written By: Matt Kotten

Upon Your Lips
Words and Music: Matt Kotten
Performed by: Black Dawn

I said the sky was falling
You never looked my way
I said my time was coming
You know I could not stay
The wind it whispers sweetly
The leaves they speak your name
And now my time is coming
Upon your lips I taste
(I taste)

Upon your lips I taste
(I taste)
Upon your lips I taste

I saw your eyes were closing
I asked you "please hold on"
I felt this hand that touched me
Said "you must move on"
The wind it whispers sweetly
The leaves they speak your name
And now my time is coming
Upon your lips I taste
(I taste)

Upon your lips I taste
(I taste)
Upon your lips I taste!

You let this rain pour down
And hoped it cleansed my soul
You turned your back on me
You left me all alone
I look to skies above
And waited for a sign
this rain it washes over
Tears of love have flowed

These tears of love have flowed

These tears of love have flowed!

Upon your lips I taste!

I Could Never Be

Written By: Matt Kotten

I Could Never Be
Words and Music: Matt Kotten
Performed by: Black Dawn

As we leave
And we say goodbye to yesterday
Don't you shed a tear I know you're brave
As we wait, we wait so patiently

(God knows I've waited)
(I've seen a thousand red skies)

The time has come
To pay the man who stands the anointed one
Leave before I said you cannot run
Know this will never be
Know that I will never see
What you want and what I am
And what you wanted me not to be

Coming down from the sky you see me falling
Coming down from the sky you hear me calling out your name
Coming down from the sky you see wash this all away yeah!
Coming down from the sky you see me falling

As we leave
And we wait, we wait so patiently
Don't you say goodbye, goodbye to me
For every time we look and never see

Know this will never be
Know that I will never see
What you want and what I am
And what you wanted me not to be

Coming down from the sky you see me falling
Coming down from the sky you hear me calling out your name
Coming down from the sky you see wash this all away yeah!
Coming down from the sky you see me falling

I!
CAN'T!
STOP!
THIS!
FROM FALLING!!!

Open the Gates

Written By: Matt Kotten

Open the Gates
Words and Music: Matt Kotten
Performed by: Black Dawn

As I was waiting
Waiting for you
Open the gates up
I fell too
Look not for reason
Down both we fall
Who's left here standing
To answer their calls
From you

Devour their bodies, ferocious greed
Who's left here standing, upon you they'll feed
Daylight is fading, night closes in
Who's left here waiting, cleanse you of sin
Not him!

(Run)

Morning approaches
Their bodies are full
Creep into shadows
Weak souls they pull
White light descending
I'm coming home
Twelve steps to nowhere
No longer alone
With you!

I Wanna Fly

Written By: Matt Kotten

I Wanna Fly
Words and Music: Matt Kotten
Performed by: Black Dawn

I wanna fly yeah!

I look to the sky
I see it blow away
I look in your eyes
But your eyes have gone astray
With so many passing moments
Can't believe shit's still the same
If I had the time I'd go back
Yet I'm not to blame

(Not this time)
(The blame lies with you)
(I did what I could)
(This is all on you)

I wanna fly oh yeah!

I look to the sky
I see it blow away
I look in your eyes
But your eyes have gone astray
With so many passing moments
Can't believe shit's still the same
If I had the time I'd go back
Yet I'm not to blame

(Not this time)
(The blame lies with you)
(I did what I could)
(This is all on you)

With every passing moment
I feel you slipping away
Lost in your eyes again well
I see you stare back at me
If ever you did tell me
Close your eyes, I'll soon be there
But now your gone and I can't

I can't.....

.....do this on my own!!

Pray For Me

Written By: Matt Kotten

Pray for Me
Words and Music: Matt Kotten
Performed by: Black Dawn

Dawn came slowly
Almost not at all
With my head in these trenches
I look past the smoke
Now the sun came to rise
And the smoke burned my eyes
Now I shed these tears for
All those who have died!

Pray for me
What's become
Left to bleed
His only son!

The day moved slowly
The hours seemed to crawl
With my arms holding Tommy
I watched his helmet fall
Now the sun began to die
And the souls we lost will rise
Now we shed these tears for
All those who have died!

Pray for me
What's become
Left to bleed
His only son!

Pray for me
What's become
Left to bleed
His only son!

Discography

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

Until We Meet (2014)

Set List

BLACK DAWN never plays covers. Sets range from 30 minutes to two hours. As of late, the following songs have been played at almost every show:

Reflect
Age of Reason
Hostile Intentions
I Wanna Fly
Hold Me Down
Black Dawn
I Can't Believe