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Forest of Shadows : Departure

This CD sees the music moving completely away from the folk elements that were incorporated in mCD. So I guess you could say besides the music having grown even better in terms of song quality, the music hasn't changed all that much from the early releases. If anything the music has grown more majestic with its maturity.

I see that reviewers before me claim the music isn't all that original and makes most of its fame based on the quality of the sound. I disagree. The emotion in the music is indeed similar to bands like Katatonia and Anathema, but the fact that the music crosses into both doom/death and doom/black does make it stand out as being original based on standing on the shoulder of more than one giant. Niclas also incorporates elements of his own, like dark blackish vocals that enter from time to time during the more intense moments of the music. The Empyrium style clean vocals still dominate though.

What really makes me enjoy this CD isn't the slow and mellow moments, which the music has plenty of. It's the way that the music grows ever more intense as the track progresses, culminating in the majestic and powerful atmosphere which sends shivers through your body. Don't doubt for a moment that the music isn't depressive. It still is completely joyless in every way. Even the lyrics speak of the classic romantic doom scenario or the mourning lover who takes his own life.

I conclude this review by saying this: fans of Katatonia and Niclas Forhagens' other band, Ningizzia should get hold of this release. If you just want high quality music like the melodic part of the doom/death subgenre often displays, then you should get it too.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Sleeping Death
2. November Dream
3. Bleak Dormition
4. Open Wound
5. Departure

Duration : Approx. 61 minutes

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Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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