The Calling is a concept album by The Dark Horde - a collective of international musicians, vocalists, actors and artists - that is written and directed by Brewin. Most of those involved live in Melbourne, Australia, with the artist in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the sound engineers based in Stockholm, Sweden.

The album is a musical narrative experience featuring a supernatural horror story set to an "eighties heavy metal" soundtrack. It is the prequel to Brewin's award-winning horror novel The Dark Horde, set in south-eastern Australia in 1989.


1. Introduction
2. Mask
3. Childhood
4. Victim
5. Therapy
6. Memory
7. Destiny
8. Puppet
9. Xenogenesis
10. Rebirth
11. Slaughter
12. Awakening
(Total album length 50 minutes)

* All tracks composed by Hanny Mohamed (Black Majesty) and Logan Jacobs, except track ten 'Rebirth' composed by Chris Kane (Eye of the Enemy), and track eleven 'Slaughter' composed by James Lowe
* Concept and lyrics by Brewin

* Main vocals by Danny Cecati (Wicked Smile, ex-Pegazus, ex-Eyefear)
* Narrated by Kevin Powe
* Demonic vocals by Shaun Farrugia (In Malice’s Wake)

* Guest acting appearances on track three 'Childhood' by Dexter Seamus as young Henry, and by Jane Brewin as Henry's mother, and on track five 'Therapy' by Andrew Carolane as Bernard Russell, psychiatrist

* Mixed by Ricardo Borges (Fascination Street Studios)
* Mastered by Jens Bogren (Fascination Street Studios)

* Artwork by Aldo Requena (Hammerblaze)

Click here for the Digital Album (released Oct 29 2021)

Click here for the CD Album, The Dark Horde merchandise and paperback books by Brewin

Critic Reviews:

"…this is a whole work of art meant to be consumed and enjoyed in its entirety. The Dark Horde have brought this masterwork to life and it is one of the best concept albums I’ve heard in a long time." [ read the full article ]

Metal-Rules.Com 1/10/20214½ Stars4½ Stars4½ Stars4½ Stars4½ Stars

"Do yourself a favor and don’t just listen to this album, READ this album. The intricate nuance and incredibly written story absolutely deserve all the justice it can get. Make sure to experience this wholly ... A super creepy album for a spooky time of the year." [ read the full article ]

Metal Temple 8/10/20215 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

"This album should be huge. Everyone deserves to listen to this." [ watch the full review ]

Iridium Rock and Metal reviews 14/10/2021

"the most brilliant hybrid (of metal and horror books) I have yet seen." [ read the full article ]

Metalheads Forever Magazine 26/10/2021

"If I had to sum up The Calling in one word, it would be epic ... Listen at your own peril, for you may be enchanted beyond salvation." [ read the full article ]

HEAVY Magazine 27/10/2021

"The discovery of The Calling is a total immersive one... The impact is amazing when you don't know what you're running into... There's so much to like about this release." [ listen to the full review ]

Screaming Symphony on PBS Radio 11/11/2021

"the project has been implemented at a high level" [ read the full article ]

Stefan Glas, Rock Hard Germany 14/12/20214 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

"they pretty much nail it on debut... keeps me going back" [ read the full article ]

Powerplay Rock & Metal Magazine 11/02/20224 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

"a concept album with a very complex narrative richness... involving and dynamic instrumentals and compositions." [ read the full (translated) article ]

Metal Imperium May 20224 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

"If you like Australian Power / Heavy Metal since the early 2000s this is the place for you and Mohamed's riff and Cecati's voice are just awesome!" [ read the full (translated) article ]

My Revelations Germany 16/6/20223½ Stars3½ Stars3½ Stars3½ Stars3½ Stars

"exuberant and atmospheric... not going to disappoint" [ read the full (translated) article ]

Rocka Rolla Web Zine 6/07/2022

"a great, just outstanding album which you will probably listen numerous times" [ read the full article ]

Iron Backstage Magazine 19/07/2022

"incredibly elaborated and sophisticated... truly revives the traditional spirit of old school heavy metal" [ read the full article ]

Antichrist Magazine 19/10/2022

"a necessary listen... will leave you wanting to know a lot more and likely to seek out the novel." [ read the full article ]

Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life 20/10/20224 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

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