|Review: Forest of Shadows - Departure|
Label: Firebox Records
Year released: 2004
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: March 1, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
Have you ever wondered what Nick Cave would sound like if he were to share vocal duties alongside Jonas Renske in the early days of Katatonia? No, me neither, but nonetheless, this is the closest approximation of the sound this album creates, and it's a surprisingly good combination too. After their well received debut EP 'Where Dreams turn to Dust' in 2001, all had gone very quiet on the Forest of Shadows front. Thankfully, they had not disappeared into obscurity as I had feared, but are back here bigger and bolder than they ever were before.
Outpourings of emotive, crestfallen vocals are joined by mellotron and bass drones with bright acoustic guitar passages, trading off with the classic roared vocals and darkly doom-laden guitar riffing, giving just the right mixture of each for that classy epic doom sound. With a very diverse sound which I merit in part to the great use of Rhodes, piano and samples adding a deep grained feel to the rhythmic riff and drum work, banishing monotony and embracing uniqueness. Although this is now a solo project of Niclas Frohagen, members have been and gone throughout the bands existence since their inception in 1997, and all of which seem to have left their own essence somewhere in the proceedings. In fact, the album was re-written three times in the four years before its release, honing and purifying the sound into the final product which we have here.
Unreservedly bleak, although not without a slight radiance of melody piercing the darkness, Forest of Shadows stride defiantly on, and should definitely not go unnoticed.
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