4:17am is Before The Dawn’s sophomore album, and is another good effort by the band. This album does give you more of the same sound as My Darkness, their first album, but is a little more refined. I do believe the album has a better sound to it, if even by a small margin. Panu Willman’s vocals have improved quite a bit, which his voice sounds much more solid and carries better. Saukkonen’s growls are still the same, just as great as ever. The album has a much better produced sound, which is good, but the songs themselves are not as catchy or memorable as they were in their previous album. The better production is there, but very few of the songs will have a mark placed in your mind. The songs that do, however, such as Heaven, The Black, and Into You are still some of the best stuff this band has put out. The Black is definitely the best song on the album in my opinion, it has heavy riffing, Saukkonen’s growls throughout, and and Willman’s singing to back him up on the chorus. The final song, Hiding, is also a great one, in which it is a slow, ominous piece that builds up into a great outro. Overall, the album is good, but not as memorable as their previous album or future albums to come.
Genre: Melodic Death/Gothic Metal
Label: Locomotive Records
Release: May 24th, 2004