Dawn of the Brave

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Dawn of the Brave
Studio album by Van Canto
Released February 7, 2014
Recorded 2014
Genre Heavy metal, a cappella, power metal
Label Napalm Records
Producer Charlie Bauerfeind
Van Canto chronology
Break the Silence
Dawn of the Brave
Voices of Fire (2016)
Singles from Dawn of the Brave
  1. "Badaboom"
    Released: December 13, 2013

Dawn of the Brave is the fifth studio album by the German a cappella metal band Van Canto. It was released on February 7, 2014. The album contains nine own compositions and four covers.[1]

For the first time since their debut album, there have been no guest musicians performing in any of the tracks. However, an ensemble of 200 fans were invited to record a choir for some tracks. In the album is included "Crazy Train" from Ozzy Osbourne but is not in the track list.[1]

Two videos were released for the album: One for "Badaboom", which features the members and other invited people dressed as metal musicians such as Lars Ulrich and Tony Iommi;[2] and another for the Annie Lennox cover "Into the West".[3]

The album was also released in a special earbook edition, containing many pictures of the band and of the 200 fans who recorded vocals for the album, the regular CD, the bonus CD with orchestral versions and remixes of some van Canto songs and a bonus DVD with their performance at the 2011 Wacken Open Air.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Standard Edition & Limited Mediabook (Disc 1)
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Dawn of the Brave"       1:08
2. "Fight for Your Life"       3:59
3. "To the Mountains"       4:05
4. "Badaboom"       3:31
5. "The Final Countdown" (Europe cover)   Joey Tempest 4:55
6. "Steel Breaker"       3:40
7. "The Awakening"       4:13
8. "The Other Ones"       4:18
9. "Holding Out for a Hero" (Bonnie Tyler cover)   Jim Steinman, Dean Pitchford 3:51
10. "Unholy"       3:28
11. "My Utopia"       5:13
12. "Into the West" (Annie Lennox cover - taken from the soundtrack for the motion picture The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox 4:25
13. "Paranoid" (Black Sabbath cover) Geezer Butler Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward 3:04
Limited Mediabook (Disc 2)
No. Title Length
1. "If I Die in Battle" (orchestral version) 4:45
2. "My Voice" (orchestral version) 5:29
3. "Take to the Sky" (orchestral version) 4:24
4. "Neuer Wind" (Jovian Spin remix) 3:48
5. "Lost Forever" (acoustic version) 5:01
6. "Last Night of the Kings" (choir version) 4:11
Bonus DVD for the Earbook Edition
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Intro"        
2. "Lost Forever"        
3. "Wishmaster" (Nightwish cover) Tuomas Holopainen Tuomas Holopainen  
4. "One to Ten" (featuring Victor Smolski)      
5. "Rebellion" (Grave Digger cover - featuring Chris Boltendahl from Grave Digger)   Grave Digger  
6. "Primo Victoria" (Sabaton cover - featuring Joakim Brodén from Sabaton) Joakim Brodén, Pär Sundström    
7. "To Sing a Metal Song"        
8. "The Bard's Song" (Blind Guardian cover) Hansi Kürsch, André Olbrich Hansi Kürsch, André Olbrich  
9. "Water, Fire, Heaven, Earth"        
10. "The Mission"        
11. "Kings of Metal" (Manowar cover) Ross Friedman, Joey DeMaio Ross Friedman, Joey DeMaio  
12. "Fear of the Dark" (Iron Maiden cover) Steve Harris Steve Harris  


van Canto

  • Dennis Schunke (Sly) – lead vocals
  • Inga Scharf – lead vocals (effects)
  • Stefan Schmidt – lower rakkatakka vocals, wahwah solo guitar vocals (rhythm, lead on solos)
  • Ross Thompson – higher rakkatakka vocals (lead)
  • Ingo Sterzinger (Ike) – lowest dandan vocals (bass)
  • Bastian Emig – drums

Guest musicians

  • 200 van Canto fans – choir
  • Jovian Spin – remix (track 4 on disc 2 of the Limited Mediabook)

Technical staff

  • Ronald Prent – mixing


  1. ^ a b "Van Canto: 'Dawn Of The Brave' Album Preview". Blabbermouth.net. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Van Canto: 'Badaboom' Video Released". Blabbermouth.net. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Van Canto: 'Into The West' Video Released". Blabbermouth.net. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014. .
  4. ^ "Van Canto - Dawn Of The Brave Earbook Available; Details Revealed". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014.