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The Foreshadowing - Days of Nothing

Label: Candlelight Records
Format: CD
Released: 2007
Reviewed By: The Goat

Now this is what I am talking about.

The Foreshadowing, a band comprised of members from Grimness and Klimt 1918, is an excellent example of Doom Metal done right. We are talking My Dying Bride, Anathema, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, November's Doom, Swallow the Sun, The Eternal, I think you get the picture. If you, at the very least, like any of these bands, then you must, I repeat must acquire “Days of Nothing.” These guys are high caliber doom metal.


It would be absolutely impossible to point out where and when I hear these influences or sounds of the aforementioned bands in The Foreshadowing's debut. Just take it form me, they are all in there - but make no mistake, the Foreshadowing have their own sound! Sounds crazy, well it surely is. They are no copycats. They are Doom Metal.

Hailing from Italy, these guys (Alessandro Pace - founder, Andrea Chiodetti - guitar, Francesco Susto - keyboards, Jonah Padella - drums, Davide Pesola - bass, and Marco Benevento - vocals) offer a tasty slab of doom that demonstrates this genre at its finest. The songs are diverse (always a problem with doom if you know it well) and well constructed. They capture the melancholy, heavy atmosphere that few new doom bands are able to effectively pull off.

I am certain, if you are a die hard fan of this particular virulent breed of metal like I am, you will have this album playing constantly through this bleak winter we are experiencing. Benevento's voice should be noted, is an intriguing mix, similar in tone to Cavanagh bros of Anathema, Aaron of MDB's voice, and Jonas of Katatonia. Yet, it retains a mild operatic quality that makes it quite distinct from these other voices.

As for the music, what can I tell you? It has all the necessary qualities of excellent doom. Plodding arrangements but broken up by changes in pacing so as to not be boring. There are equal measures of keyboards and guitars. The drums are evenly placed in the mix and give the songs urgency when needed and methodical menace in the other times. The guitars are sharp but also demonstrate that mournful quality that doom is well known for. Lyrically, the songs are quite poetic and not sophomoric.

Basically, I would rather you experience the same excitement I experienced when I first put this album on. I don't want to overanalyze it, not because that might ruin the experience rather I am so enamoured by it I can't believe how good it is. It is quite shocking. I am still in awe and shock. I think you will be too.

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