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Source of Deep Shadows : Ukryty...

It was with this demo that Source of Deep Shadows, a Polish funeral doom act, debuted in 2004. 'Ukryty...' was originally released on their Wirtualna Polska page (a Polish website that, amongst other things, provides free hosting of MP3's) for free download by the band. That version was removed back in 2006 when the label Endless Desperation decided to re-release all four tracks on a split entitled 'Infinity In Souls', thus they are still available to the public.

The band claims to be influenced by bands ranging from Judas Priest to Worship, but the influences that shine most clearly on this demo are Shape of Despair, Thergothon, early Katatonia and diSEMBOWELMENT. 'Ukryty...' has a calm sound with deep, almost mumbled vocals and a dark ambience. Slow and simple riffing that reminds me of Funerary Dirge is present most of the time and is complimented by melodic guitar. This alone raises the music up a notch on the scale of epicness as well as the two sections of almost pure black metal on 'Ukryty...'.

My verdict on this demo is that despite showing these doomsters were still slightly new to the game when they made it, it's still an amazing start. The two middle tracks (in other words, the two which aren't ambient tracks) are both memorable and highly enjoyable to my ears. The overall result is far from unoriginal and it's also quite promising. The band has yet to reach it's peak though and if you've not heard their more recent 'Source of Doom and Perpetual Night', I would advise you seek that one out first.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Intro
2. Zapomniane Wspomnienia *
3. Ukryty... *
4. Outro

Tracklist translation:
2. Forgotten Memories
3. Hidden...

Duration : Approx. 12 minutes

Visit the Source of Deep Shadows bandpage.

Reviewed on 15-03-2009 by Arnstein Petersen
Aesthetic Death
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