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Makin Waves Record of the Week: Dark Sky Choir by Bob Makin SHARE BUTTON Initially a metal tribute band, Dark Sky Choir’s collective resume is quite impressive: Wizards of Winter, Exxplorer, Lords of Mercy, and Anvil. After amassing a large fan base, the hard ‘n’ heavy four- piece began to incorporate origi- nals until they became the focus, resulting in an excellent self-titled debut LP meticulously produced by guitarist Fred Gorhaus at the fabled Trax East. That South River recording studio has assembled works by a who’s who of Jersey hard rock: Skid Row, NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 5 Atomic Bitchwax, Godspeed, Sol- ace, God Forbid, Deadguy, Dill- inger Escape Plan, E-Town Con- crete, Misfits, Nudeswirl, Senses Fail, Vision, Symphony X, Mega- force and more. In the annals of Trax East lore, “Dark Sky Choir” proudly can stand alongside those works in part because of the strong production by Gorhaus and engineering by former studio owner Eric Rachel. But there’s also menacing yet tasteful, at times ex- quisite playing by Gorhaus, drum- mer Mike Sakowski, bassist Joe INDEX 150