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Source of Deep Shadows : Source of Doom and Perpetual Night

This is Source of Deep Shadows' first full length release, although much of it consists of the 2005 demo entitled 'Source Of Doom' (tracks 1 through 5). The remaining four tracks are new to this release and also the CD version released by Redrum 666. With half of the album having been recorded just a year after 'Ukryty...', it should come as no surprise that there have been few major changes since then. The most notable exception is the sudden outbursts of high speed death metal. It's as if one was listening to diSEMBOWELMENT. However, unlike diSEMBOWELMENT the source of these deep shadows lie in Scandinavia or more specifically in the mournful, black metal influenced doom metal of Katatonia and Nortt. The band still retains a touch of influence from Judas Priest which pushes the music in an interesting direction from time to time.

While most will likely recognize the cover of Paradise Lost's 'Eternal', the cover of Armia's 'Marność' will be a more obscure reference among the doom community. Armia is a jumpy, happy, polish ska/punk rock band in the vein of Snuff and more recent NOFX albums but with a stronger tendency towards electronica. None of the musical direction of the original song is reflected in Source of Deep Shadows' version. It seems that the text is much the same, but happiness?...energetic punk? No, no, no, no...here you'll find that the music is much the opposite: bleak, miserable and not the least bit catchy. Unlike the original, this mirrors my idea of marność (vanity).

Source of Deep Shadows is one of those bands who disregard the consensus of what miserable doomsters can allow themselves to incorporate into their music. They draw on several other unusual influences in addition to those I've mentioned - albeit less strongly - and in that way keep their music quite out of the ordinary. At the same time, they prove that even outside this "consensus" you can find elements that can be made to fit neatly into the realm of depressive doom metal. I hope that the band keeps this up in the future as they do a great job of it, but without it they risk loosing their grip on the new path they've carved for themselves and risk falling back into those already well paved.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Intro (Let There Be Doom)
2. Powolne Zatracenie *
3. Poranek *
4. Źródło Głębokich Cieni *
5. Marność (Armia cover) *
6. Martwa *
7. Hidden Doom
8. Eternal (Paradise Lost cover)
9. Perpetual Night (bonus)

2. Slow Perdition
3. Morning
4. Source of Deep Shadows
5. Vanity (Armia cover)
6. Dead

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

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Reviewed on 01-03-2009 by Arnstein Petersen
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