Forest of Shadows – Departure …   Leave a comment

This album is a prime example of why not all one-man bands are good. After hearing the amazing ‘Where Dreams Turn to Dust’, and two man EP, one would’ve expect its follow-up to be just as spellbinding and beautiful. What we want and what we get, however, aren’t always the same.

The production on this album is pretty good, typical of a Firedoom (now Firebox) records release. The instruments all sound good; the only problems are the songs and the vocals. Other than that, there really isn’t a lot to say about this album other than it’s BORING!!!

The vocals are passable when clean (although heavily accented), the Death vocals on the other hand sound too forced and dry. The music is incredibly simplistic and repetitive, with absolutely nothing remotely listenable presented. None of the songs really go anywhere. The tone is sad but trite in its presentation. The drums are apparently programmed and again painfully repetitive. It’s hard to believe that this album could be more boring that it is. This album sounds beyond uninspired and dull. This is the sonic equivalent of watching paint dry.

There is a slight industrial feel to the music due to the drums. Their delivery makes one think that “band” got a drum machine and wrote songs out of an obligation to try to make it pay for itself. The attempt to layer the music with use of a keyboard doesn’t add much if anything to the songs. This is a very stripped down recording.

In short, ‘Where Dreams Turn to Dust’ is an excellent piece of atmospheric Doom/Death Metal recommended to all. ‘Departure’ is one of the worst excuses for Doom Metal/Metal in general that any one man could have created. This gets an embarrassing 0/10. Don’t buy this album, in fact if you see it run away screaming.

Review Written By Grimdoom

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Posted June 23, 2011 by doommantia in Forest Of Shadows

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