July 15, 2012 by Beldrac
The Foreshadowing – Second World
Genre: Gothic/Doom Metal
What we have here is surely Gothic Doom Metal album of the year. In the same breath I should mention that by no means am I so in tune with this scene to know many other contenders by heart. The Foreshadowing’s third album “Second World” is one of the best records I’ve heard this year though, and that is FACT.
This is the first album of theirs that has crossed my path so I have no point of reference to their earlier work, but the first thing that struck me was the rivers of melancholy streaming forth from the vocal chords of Marco Benevento. His voice is rich and powerful, deep and soulful, and his chorus lines and melodies linger on in your head hours after dissipating. The music is suited to it perfectly – dark Gothic atmospheres are painted by a brooding organ and keyboard, while the guitars tell a tale of Doom and an apocalyptic world struggling to pull itself back up. I don’t think the album is a concept per se, but there certainly is a theme of war and people trying to find a new and better world to live in.
The album really manages to bring across the feeling of the utter desperation a civilization in such an unenviable position must face. Effective use of keys provide most of the solemn moods on the album, but the guitars generally dominate and flit between a slow and heavy Doom style and some clean picks – sometimes even carrying you away much like the psychedelic licks of 60’s Prog. The drums and bass set a slow and deliberate pace like a band of lost souls marching through a post-nuclear wasteland, desperately looking for other signs of life. You’ll hear some choirs too, which adds to the melancholy but for some reason I don’t find this album very depressing at all. I think perhaps this is one of those “beauty in darkness” albums where you know the overall themes are dark and dreary, though you can’t help but smile at the joy it wrings from your musical soul.
Without a second thought I play the album for the third time this morning…a guitar riff sets a medium pace before the drums come to life, followed by atmospheric keyboards and eventually the vocals provide the final layer. The lyrics are beautifully poetic and I won’t be surprised to find out he’s had classical training. The band’s performance is faultless and the production crisp and clear yet dark and powerful; this is one of those rare occasions where I could almost give an album an perfect score, but that wouldn’t leave any room for improvement, now would it?