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Forest of Shadows : Where Dreams Turn to Dust

Forest of Shadows never ceases to amaze me and with this demo they have grown to new heights. The excellently performed melodic death/doom metal they serve us on this demo, clearly shows that they should have been signed to a label a long time ago. While this demo finally gained them a record deal with the small label Rage of Achilles Records (who will also release this Demo as a Mcd) it is still beyond me why this took so long and why it had to be such a small label.

After a beautiful sorrow filled flute intro, heavier sounds roll in creating a truly melancholic atmosphere. Their solid and slow metal is complimented by the occasional use of a violin or acoustic brake. Filling almost 30 minutes with just 3 songs should also give you a clear indication about the length of these songs. Forest of Shadows is a school example of the melodic death/doom genre. Of course this means they won't win any originality prices, but they pull it off so skilfully that this really doesn't matter. Where most bands try to stick out by experimenting, Forest of Shadows stick out by keeping to the often-threaded paths.

Obvious references would be Katatonia, My Dying Bride and in my opinion also Empyrium (especially the occasional clean vocals). You can download the entire album from http://www.mp3.com/fos/ so I don't see what could stop you from checking out this demo!

[edit by admin.: MP3.com is dead when as a free server for music samples, and as such an aid to developing bands, as it used to be. This means that the demo MP3s are long gone. Since this demo has been properly released and even re-released, it's unlikely that you'll ever find it out for free again. However, you can still find Forest of Shadows samples on the band's MySpace page.]

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Eternal Autumn
2. Wish
3. Of Sorrow Blue

Duration : Approx. 29 minutes

Visit the Forest of Shadows bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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