|Sometimes when you search through the vast mines of doom metal, you find a little gem hidden beneath the rubble and cobwebs. This is one of them.|
Forest of Shadows has never been the most original death/doom band around, but as was said in other reviews, they execute the genre to perfection. This self-released mCD contains only one song but it is a true doom epic. 'Under the Dying Sun' is a fifteen minute-long work full of variety and true sorrow.
Musically, you can expect death/doom with influences of My Dying Bride, Anathema, Katatonia and Empyrium. None of these bands are cloned of course, and Forest of Shadows blends it all into something new. Not too unique, but outstanding enough. The song features great grunts, mournful chants, violin and organ. These are simply fifteen captivating minutes for the lovers of the said genre. The good use of doom-riffs, rhythm changes (from very slow to mid-tempo), sad melodies, etc. make for a truly exciting song.
Needless to say, its a shame we haven't heard a bit more from Forest of Shadows. After 'Where Dreams Turn To Dust' it has been silent around the band. I hope more will come in the future.
1. Under the Dying Sun
Duration : Approx. 15 minutes
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