As I have mentioned in reviews of past records, I still consider myself a novice when it comes to certain forms of metal. Even though I've been listening to the genre in one way or another for over 20 years I haven't fully explored all sub-genres. Most of my ignorance comes in the black metal and grindcore genres and especially the most traditional of each genre. Nine Covens fit right in with that old school black metal that I am pretty unfamiliar with.

I am not completely oblivious to the genres best and know more than the usual outsider so I can at least reference this with a little confidence. On The Dawning Light sounds like something released in Europe in the 90's. Lots of Darkthrone influence is obvious and prevalent. The music is non-stop fueled by grime flinging cymbal taps and blast beats. The pace ranges, but rarely drops. The repetition can get a little tiresome, but it's expected given the nature of the songs.

What the band manage to refrain from is the popular avant-garde trend in black metal. That isn't to say this record is devoid of melody. There is plenty of that here, but more predominate is the unrelenting ferociousness of the vocals and shredding guitars. With the addition of a slight d-beat feel the band adds the extra edge that isn't necessary, but is a welcome inclusion.

In my relatively uneducated opinion, I'd say this is a great addition to the black metal genre and am glad I took the time with it. I'm kind of talking out of my ass, but I think this is a record for the more pure black metal fans.