Crimson Dawn was born in the winter of 2005 as a collaboration project between Dario Beretta (Drakkar) and Emanuele Rastelli (Crown of Autumn, Magnifiqat), with the goal of creating Epic Traditional Heavy Metal music. Between January and April 2006, the duo recorded the first promo-cd, "A Dawn in Crimson", well-received in the Italian fandom. After that, the project was put on hold until the summer of 2008, when Dario made the decision to resurrect it and shape it into an actual band, adding a strong Doom Metal element to it. In the course of a few months, the new Crimson Dawn was born with Dario and Marco Rusconi on guitars, Luca Lucchini (ex-All Soul's Day) on drums, Antonio Pecere (Betoken, ex-Sigma) on vocals, Emanuele Laghi on keyboards and Alessandro Reggiani Romagnoli on the bass.
Crimson Dawn’s first full-length album "In Strange Aeons ...", recorded in Mat Stanciou's Elnor Studio (Labyrinth, Crown Of Autumn, Drakkar) and mastered by Dan Swanö (Opeth, Edge Of Sanity) at Unisound Studio, took the doom metal world by storm with its heavy riffs paired with epic and sullen melodies in October 2013, thanks to the well-known and respected underground Italian label My Graveyard Production. Responses from the press and fans were stunning and the album was pointed out by many in the Italian metal press as one of the best debuts of the year. It was followed in October 2015 by the self-published EP “At The Cemetery Gates”, an important release in that it helped the band shape their own sound even further, adding some typical Italian melodies and more ‘70s inspired keyboards. Meanwhile, the band was also cementing their reputation as an unmissable live act with show in several European Doom Metal festivals, supporting acts like Solstice, Manilla Road, Officium Triste, and the Swedish sensation Ghost. Expectations were high for their second full-length, the first under the wing of their new label, Punishment 18 Records. Released in March 2017, “Chronicles Of An Undead Hunter” did not disappoint. Once again met with praise from the international metal press, it allowed the band to reach many new fans and play some great shows over Europe again, supporting bands like Memory Garden, Sorcerer, Candlemass and Novembre, as well as going for a mini-tour as co-headliners with the amazing Crete-based band Doomocracy.
In 2020, Crimson Dawn is as ready as ever to go full-speed ahead to the future. In February, they have launched their brand-new Patreon page, created in conjunction with Dario’s other band, Drakkar, to offer to die-hard fans lots of exclusive material as well as a direct line of communication with the band. In March, they are ready to launch their third full-length release. Published by Punishment18, “Inverno” is once again an ambitious, very personal record.