Band: The Foreshadowing
Title: Second World
Label: Cyclone Empire
Distribution: Sure Shot Worx
Release date: April 20th 2012
Rome-based formation The Foreshadowing was formed about seven years ago by former Klimt 1918 / Spiritual Front / Dope Stars Inc.-guitar player Alessandro Pace. Soon he was joined by some colleagues of Spiritual Front and Klimt 1918, as well as two Grimness-members and the former How Like A Winter-singer. In 2006, The Foreshadowing recorded their debut full length, Days Of Nothing, which got released through Candlelight Records in 2007. In 2008, the band started writing for the second studio full length, Oionos, finally recorded at the famous Outer Sound Studio again with Novembre-frontman Giuseppe Orlando (VII Arcano, Klimt 1918, Ensoph, Stormlord, Grimness etc.); Oionos was their debut for Cyclone Empire in 2010, by the way (posted 17/05/2010 after having intoxicated my brain with bleakest nihilism). And since the band signed to this fantastic label, specialised in darker yet heavy musical experiences, for more than just one single album, you will understand the positivism I am about to write down about this new effort. Positivism and undersigned enclosed into one single sentence; can you imagine?...
Second World lasts for fifty five cold and melancholic minutes, conceptually built around Man’s existence that isn’t but some entity to create worldwide disorder and Chaos. We, poor humans, are a foolish mistake on Mater Terra, destroying its own roots and poisoning Nature, yet Nature, and the Earth, will take revenge. Aaah, my misanthropic and critical feelings are getting horny once again…
Musically, the album goes strongly on in the vein of Oionos. The band brings a dark, haunting, oppressive and melancholic form of Melodic Doom Metal, strongly inspired by an act like My Dying Bride (instrumentally, yet certainly not vocally), yet one of the strengths of this Italian band is their own, individualistic approach. In spite of several recognizable melodies and rhythms, The Foreshadowing create their own-faced, self-developed identity, and above all: they do it (again) with persuasion and craftsmanship.
Even though the overall atmosphere is somewhat uncomfortably mournful, the album does not turn into boredom, for each track, and each part of those tracks, grabs the listener intensively. Musically, there’s enough variety in several aspects, and not once the band evolves into a cliché-matic combo of copycats.
Nowadays it isn’t that evident to compose this kind of melancholically dark-edged yet pounding and heavy Doom Metal, yet when it comes to The Foreshadowing’s newest effort, one cannot ignore the band’s power and will to write, and perform, sublime and immer-interesting grandeur.
For fans of everything, seen from all-time point of view, in between My Dying Bride, Opeth, Bitter Harvest, Avrigus, Mythological Cold Towers, Mourning Beloveth or Anathema.