Rating:
10
Forest Stream - Tears Of Mortal Solitude
27 January 2003


01. Autumn Elegy
02. Legend
03. Last Season Purity
04. Snowfall
05. Mel Kor
06. Whole
07. Black Swans
08. Winter Solstice
09. Steps Of Mankind


Today it was a very cold and rainy day, just one of those days when you feel like doing nothing. I have been sitting at home all day doing nothing but watching all these stupid programs on TV and reading newspapers. Now it's starting to rain even more and you can hear how the rain scratches the window. Today I had bought this new album, Tears of Mortal Solitude by Forest Stream (a pretty new doom-metal band from Russia) but I forgot to listen to it until now. I putted on the album and went away to the kitchen to make myself a warm glass of chocolate-milk. And when I came back, I experienced one of the most beautiful hours in my life….

The album starts very softly, with some very mysterious melodies and a very quiet whisper, then you hear some angry growls which makes you realise this is not a mild/weak melodic album only. The second track, Legend, starts with a faster tempo followed by grunts that fits the melody perfect. This track is 8 minutes long but the melody and rhythm alternate each 3 minutes keeping you amazed for the entire song without boring you for a second. The third track, last season purity, starts with a little slower tempo and has a more melodic side to it, but the atmosphere that they create with this song is unbelievable, it is like they are painting with their instruments, I personally get the picture of a swan in a river every time I hear this song. But that's only for the first part of the song, because for every minute of the song, the atmosphere and the sound of the song changes, until we reach the 8th minute of this track when we start hearing some very catchy melodic riffs and suddenly you can hear one of the most beautiful solos on the album which is followed by a deep growl by "Sonm the Darkest" , once again - unbelievable.

The album continues in this way, every song starts with its own beautiful sound and melody, with a big variety and makes us feel like we are sitting in a time-machine that takes us through all the seasons of the year; spring, summer, winter, autumn and then again spring and so on. Some songs are a bit more extreme with more deep and angry growls but still, they all have the beautiful dreamy and catchy atmosphere. My favourite track from the album must be Whole which is probably one of the best songs I have heard in my life. This song also contains clean vocals, which later changes into grunts. The last track of the album is a little bit different, in this song (Steps of Mankind) we hear some beautiful piano interlude without any vocals, this time it feels like the time-machine have brought us to the sky right in the middle of the night, so beautiful its beyond imagination.

No matter how much I write about this album I will never be able to explain how beautiful and good the songs really are and unfortunately there is no space for me to explain about each track of the album.

I have written a lot of reviews before, but I have never rated any album 10/10, not even albums from my biggest favourite bands, but now, this is the first album that I am rating 10, and I see no reason why I shouldn't, the production is great, the melodies and atmosphere is brilliant, the variety is awesome, the artwork is very beautiful, every tiny detail on this album is perfect.

My last words are: if you have read this review and you don't have this album until the end of this week then you shouldn't call yourself a metalhead anymore.


Band profile: Forest Stream
Album: Tears Of Mortal Solitude


 


written by Azhidahak | 20.08.2004

Guest review by
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Rating:
9.0
First of all I want to say that this band has surprised me; I think I've found a very good band here. I haven't heard a lot of Russian bands but I can say that this is one of those great Russian bands that aren't very well known. That's what is happening currently with these unknown bands, they usually are better than the "well-known" bands...

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THE_BLACK_GOD - 13.04.2008 at 16:03  
even i didnt hear about this band its a very nice review i remember about my review about "Where Dreams Turn To Dust" which is deleted,cause of grammatical mistakes:( ) i found this band from similar bands of "Forest Of Shadows" im going to have it soon and i wish ive found another thing like "Where Dreams Turn To Dust"
thank u for ur emotional review
Azhidahak - 15.04.2008 at 19:23  
thanks to you man for your comment
W-Lash - 15.04.2008 at 21:21  
Dude, i agree that 9.9 is appropriate rating for this album. It's real masterpiece!
Snowfall is the best from this (except Autumn Elegy but that's only short intro song so i don't count it in).
THE_BLACK_GOD - 16.04.2008 at 20:02  
i heard the songs its really fuckin good,its an especial album. very good spngs very good instruments they've used at album thank u for ur review again. BRILLIANT
Cassian - 09.05.2008 at 09:39  
I'm still listening to this album, but it has begun to haunt me...

Masterpiece!
rlro - 06.02.2011 at 18:46  
It's one of the best albums (if not *the best*) I've ever listen to and the more I listen to it, the more I like it. Outstanding work.
Spacerunner - 26.05.2011 at 05:33  
In my Top 3.
esw1026 - 21.05.2012 at 20:56  
I cannot explain how extremely beautiful... tremendously beautiful this album is

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