Friday 2 February 2018


GenresPunk / Post-Rock / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Ambient / Experimental
Related artistsSynodus Horrenda, Monument, The Summer We Went West, Diablero, Hobis, Polyon, Shat Shorts, Pansori and Bezouts Identity.
CountryBaltimore, Maryland U.S.A.
Years Active2001-2010
Song: "One"
Album: "D'Amore split"
Year: 2005
For fans of: Sinking Steps...Rising Eyes, Portrait, The State SecedesGillian Carter, Respire, Petterssen, Fall on Deaf Years, The Assistant, I Would Set Myself on Fire for You, Robots Don't Cry, Louise Cyphre, Tristan Tzara, Suffocate For Fuck Sake, Tunes For Bears To Dance To, Harrison Bergeron, Bravo Fucking Bravo, Pyramids, Matsuri and City Of Caterpillar aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Robot Winter / Metaphysics Records / Be Happy Records
This post's artist is from the December 2017 Mix. This is track #9.
You can download: the January 2018 Mix#1 right here or get the new January 2018 Mix#2 here.

It had to be around 2002 or so that I heard someone mention DAWN TREADER to me. The stories went that there was this band from Baltimore that played melodic screamo with quiet piano interludes. It had to be only a matter of time until I ran into them, or perhaps intentionally engineered my running into them. I got my hands on the cd at some point and was blown away by the epic nature of the song writing, the versatility of the vocals and the overall impressive nature of the musicianship. "Forces of Nature" was the song that stuck with me, even after a first listen, the piano line and brilliant crescendo just wouldn't leave my head.

Around 2003 I caught up with them on tour right when Lizzy Cowan had joined the band on cello. The use of cello fit right into the mix in a way that I wouldn't have predicted. Upon the intense chromatic guitar scales, frantic drumming and beautiful piano, the strings found their home nicely. "Message in a Bottle" was the first song that I heard them show off the new lineup and dynamic. At over 6 minutes, the song takes their epic song writing style to another level. In addition to the self titled cd they ended up releasing a 'split LP with D'Amore' and a 'split 7" with Fall on Deaf Years'.

The band toured pretty relentlessly in the early part of the 00's, but after 2006 or so the band seemed to slow down. I later heard that they had grown the band to 9 members, which I think entailed more orchestral strings, a third guitar player, a second piano, among other instruments. There's a video (linked here) documenting some of the expanded musicianship, but don't watch it if you get motion sickness easily. A couple years after calling it quits the band presented a release appropriately called 'Post Mortem'. I've never seen a physical copy, but you can track down the songs in the digital world if you look hard enough. It's worth the search.


Click )==>here<==( to download the band's complete discography in mp3 form.

2002 - Demo aka Dawn Treader cdEP

2003 - Fall On Deaf Years split 7"EP

2005 - D'Amore split 12"LP

2006 - Deconstructing the Coffin cdLP

2007 - Towers split

2010 - Post-Mortem cdLP

???? - Live cassette


(2010) DAWNTREADER - "Bodymore Murderland" (from 'Postmortem')

(2010) DAWNTREADER - "Snow Storm" (from 'Postmortem')

(2010) DAWNTREADER - "The Heavy Hearted Prince" (from 'Postmortem')

(2007) DAWNTREADER - "DIY or Die" (from 'Towers' split)

(2007) DAWNTREADER - "Song 2" (from 'Towers' split)

(2006) DAWNTREADER - "Message in a Bottle" (from 'Deconstructing the Coffin')

(2006) DAWNTREADER - "Road Warriors" (from 'Deconstructing the Coffin')

(2006) DAWNTREADER - "Fuck You We're Dawntreader" (from 'Deconstructing the Coffin')

(2005) DAWNTREADER - "One" (from 'D'Amore' split)

(2005) DAWNTREADER - "Two" (from 'D'Amore' split)

(2003) DAWNTREADER - "You're Waiting For The Clock To Save You (And It's Laughing In Your Face)" (from 'Fall On Deaf Years' split)

(2002) DAWNTREADER - "Pandora's Box" (from 'Dawn Treader')

(2002) DAWNTREADER - "Force of Nature" (from 'Dawn Treader')


DAWNTREADER out of print mp3 discography download / additional links

(download here)


1 comment:

  1. Tripped across Post Mortem almost 10 years ago and it blew my mind and has been a constant listen ever since... I owe you a HUGE debt of gratitude for having this discography download available. I've been blaring this stuff for a week now and I still can't get enough. Dawn Treader - certainly gone, but very Very VERY much not forgotten ...