Forest Of Shadows - Where Dreams Turn To Dust review



Reviewer:
9.2

90 users:
9.18
Band: Forest Of Shadows
Album: Where Dreams Turn To Dust
Website: http://www.forestofshadows.com
Release date: 2001


01. Eternal Autumn
02. Wish
03. Of Sorrow Blue
04. Under The Dying Sun [2009 re-release bonus]
05. The Silent Cry [2009 re-release bonus]


Forest Of Shadows… When I first listened to their EP "Where Dreams Turn To Dust" I remained speechless, I couldn't utter a single word or make a sound. The emotions that had overran me while listening to this brilliant 3-track EP where so many, so intense, so bleak, so heart-rending that I remained there where I was sitting lost in my own world of bitterness and pain. Forest Of Shadows' melodic doom/death metal is filled with intense emotions evoking a grey atmosphere as if you were lost in "a forest of shadows" mourning your beloved one or even mourning your very own self welcoming "eternal autumn" to your life.

Through Forest of Shadows' music you can notice here and there some Katatonia influences whereas the clear melancholic voice of Niclas brings forth memories of Garm's (Ulver) chanting voice on their "Bergtatt"-"Kveldssanger" period. Forest of Shadows have their influences, as every band, yet they do not copy them and what they are doing is to harmonize in a unique way their influences with their personal ideas and emotions composing songs that will keep you chained in solitude drowned in their melodic doom/death metal.

"Oh autumn hath arrived…"

"Eternal Autumn" echos and you start losing yourself there "where dreams turn to dust" with the nostalgic sound of the flute surrounding you. The melodic doomy guitar riffing makes you shiver with its emotional charge as Niclas' grunts surpass you like a wind carrying cries of pain and anger whereas the acoustic moments with acoustic guitar chords and Niclas' enchanting sorrowful voice drown you deeper and deeper in a sea filled with oblivious tears. The musical background is the ideal for such poetic lyrics telling about the loss of your beloved welcoming the "eternal autumn" in your life interpreted on the most descriptive way by Niclas Frohagen.

"Awakened this dying season" grunts Niclas accompanied by the mournful guitar riffing as the following "Wish" begins. The guitar work is deeply inspired evoking a bleak atmosphere in the air accompanying Niclas' desperate grunts and heart-rending chanting voice singing lyrics of utter emotional bitterness, longing/wishing for someone to love and finally embracing the eternal sleep, the release of all of all the pain and sorrow "in this oh so dolorous life." "Of Sorrow Blue" leads the album slowly to its end. Everything consisting of this composition makes it a doleful opus; the mourning guitar riffing, the bleeding guitar chords, the wailing violin melodies that make you shiver whenever they enter the song, the imposing rhythm section and Niclas' utterly descriptive grunting voice and chants evoke the ideal grey autumn atmosphere, raging at times, wailing at others, for you to drown in a world of everlasting solitude and pain.

If you found it somewhere and didn't buy it you should kill yourself…

"A life of shattered dreams I can no longer bear
I enter thee eternal sleep…"


 



Written on 13.07.2005 by "It is myself I have never met, whose face is pasted on the underside of my mind."


Comments

Comments: 11   Visited by: 98 users
06.12.2006 - 19:51
priit
That's so true! It's one hell of an album!
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21.12.2006 - 21:32
Krankheit
This EP is superb! I truly like it.
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God is busy… save yourself
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29.04.2007 - 11:55
Grey_Dandelion
eternal autumn is one of the most emotional songs i ve heard...its really a great beginning!i give it a 9
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Don't turn away just take my hand and when you make your final stand i ll be right there i ll never leave all i ask of you is believe...
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14.04.2008 - 11:29
THE_BLACK_GOD
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Written by Grey_Dandelion on 29.04.2007 at 11:55

eternal autumn is one of the most emotional songs i ve heard...its really a great beginning!i give it a 9

give it a 10 man the album rulz
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22.12.2008 - 19:46
sinametal
Awakened....

best band,best songs
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12.10.2009 - 15:59
ideosincrasy
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Written by Grey_Dandelion on 29.04.2007 at 11:55

eternal autumn is one of the most emotional songs i ve heard...its really a great beginning!i give it a 9


It is a fact that Eternal Autumn is most likely the best song from the EP. I must say as from the first time i heard the song is found it amazing. By the way, the complete EP rules.
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12.11.2009 - 21:47
Uirapuru
Liver Failure
Impressive EP. One of the best i've heard.. great music.
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member of the true crusade against old school heavy metal, early 80s thrash, NWOBHM, traditional doom, first and second wave black metal, old school death metal, US power metal, 70s prog rock and atmospheric doomsludgestoner. o/
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30.12.2009 - 01:31
THE_BLACK_GOD
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Written by Uirapuru on 12.11.2009 at 21:47

Impressive EP. One of the best i've heard.. great music.

have you heard the demo version of Eternal Autumn?
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30.12.2009 - 16:13
Uirapuru
Liver Failure
Written by Guest on 30.12.2009 at 01:31

Written by Uirapuru on 12.11.2009 at 21:47

Impressive EP. One of the best i've heard.. great music.

have you heard the demo version of Eternal Autumn?


Nop. Never heard FoS demos.
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member of the true crusade against old school heavy metal, early 80s thrash, NWOBHM, traditional doom, first and second wave black metal, old school death metal, US power metal, 70s prog rock and atmospheric doomsludgestoner. o/
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30.12.2009 - 18:22
THE_BLACK_GOD
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Written by Uirapuru on 30.12.2009 at 16:13

Written by Guest on 30.12.2009 at 01:31

Written by Uirapuru on 12.11.2009 at 21:47

Impressive EP. One of the best i've heard.. great music.

have you heard the demo version of Eternal Autumn?


Nop. Never heard FoS demos.

find it if you can that song is better than the released one.
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07.09.2011 - 23:20
advent
One of the most emotional doom albums i ever experienced, the songwriting and the music is just great and the lyrics make u speechless
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