Darker is the long awaited second album from Swiss progressive rock band Dawn. It has been 6 years since the quartet rocked the prog world with their expert take on old school symphonic rock.
Dawn formed in Montreux, Switzerland in 1996. Since then the band has performed at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival, as well as at Swiss prog rock festivals Progsol, and Montreux Prog Nights. The band has also opened for Kansas and Fish. After a series of line up changes the band began to focus on their sophomore release in 2010 and perform them in concert.
Dawn’s music is riddled with vintage keyboard sounds and flowing guitar solos. Plaintive vocals ascribe a kinship to the British Canterbury prog family tree. The album is conceived as a series of compositions dealing with Man in the 21st century: his fears, his conception of life, his reaction to technology, nuclear power, and the planet’s suffocation. Darker was recorded in 2013 by Olivier Charmillot and mastered by noted audiophile engineer Bob Katz.