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Source of Deep Shadows : Fading Emptiness

Right from the start, Source of Deep Shadows set the tone for a very strange but yet very elegant mixture of Doom Death.

It’s a mystery to me why there are so few Doom bands in Poland. Not mentioning the very strong Black Metal and Death Metal scenes that have flourished over the years, Doom Metal seems to have always been the outsider in Polish extreme music. This is indeed puzzling considering that all the needed components can be found in Poland: Slavic mindset, historical tragedies, Chopin’s genius, as well as awfully long winters and elegant autumns...

Nonetheless, the good thing is that a few Poles are still inspired by mournful sentiments and are longing for everlasting darkness. Source of Deep Shadows are one of these very scarce bands and with the release of 2011's Fading Emptiness through Redrum666, they may well spark some welcome newfound interest in the genre for other domestic acts.

Source of Deep Shadows started to gain international acclaim with the release of the Infinity in Souls split record in 2006, followed a year later by their debut which garnered some positive but yet too limited reviews. Having taken their own sweet time as any versed Doom fan can understand, we had to wait another four years for the release of their sophomore album: ’Fading Emptiness’.

The wait is now over and it was well worth it. With the very first notes of ’Fading Emptiness’ resounding through your speakers, Source of Deep Shadows set the tone for a very strange but yet very elegant mixture of Doom Death. Keys reminiscent of Celestial Season’s Forever Scarlet Passion lace the intricate songs of the band which take as much from past English glories and notably from the very beginnings of My Dying Bride (i.e. Towards the Sinister and As the Flower Withers when Aaron’s bunch still hadn’t shed their Death Metal sound) as from Finnish legends Thergothon. The Thergothon reference is the most obvious one, though, since Dod’s vocals are of the 'raspy' kind, à la Niko Skorpio, but when SoDS venture in more upbeat parts as in ‘Dark Escape’, tracks like ‘Vast Choirs’ or ‘The Forever People’ just spring to mind, especially with their guitars’ tone having that early distinctive My Dying Bride sound.

Respect to the most sacred elders of the genre is only one of the appreciable features of this record. Another one being the band’s ability to write uncommon tracks that have lots of twists to them (‘Primoridal Fears’ with its almost Black Metal riffing) which sometimes will bring to mind the intricacy and complexity of Pyogenesis' Ignis Creatio (notably on ‘Endless Cold’).

A very solid, complex and yet haunting and beautiful record that Doom Death lovers will certainly praise accordingly in the near future and, for the time being, one of the best releases the genre had to offer lately.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Intro 2. Fading Desolation
3. Dark Escape
4. Primordial Fears
5. Endless Cold
6. Crystal Cage (part I)
7. Crystal Cage (part II)
8. Only Dust

Duration : Approx. 40 minutes

Visit the Source of Deep Shadows bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-04-18 by Frédéric Cerfvol
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