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Unexpected! - 84%

pandaemon, November 18th, 2009

The band idea takes its origins away back in 1997, when the guitar player Alessandro Pace, former member of avant-garde rock group Klimt 1918, thought of creating different music. Sadly, The Foreshadowing was formed only in 2005, when Alessandro found perfect band members for all of the instruments. Honestly, i didn't expect much from this album. Italian gothic based metal usually is full of Über-Mega-Cheesy moments. Macbeth, Mandragora Scream, Lacuna Coil or Theatres des Vampires could be considered "masters"...

This album contains none! It's also very solid, all tracks "touch" you emotionally and the riffs are rarely repeated, so getting bored while listening isn't possible. There are many powerful moments in the songs that give you feelings of melancholy that only expressive music like Anathema's "Angelica", "Far Away" or "Fragile Dreams" can create. You are probably guessing the album is gothic metal, but the almost omnipresent irksome-doomy guitar work and almost omnipresent depressing keyboard makes it gothic-doom metal. The emotional "Anathema" moments are usually obtained when the lead guitar becomes more melodic and the keyboard gets more intense, but it's important to say that nothing would be possible without Marco Benevento's incredibly soothing baritone (the only type of vocals on DoN). Such flavors are frequent ("Cold Waste", "The Wandering", "The Fall", "Days of Nothing"). The song "Last Minute Train" has a ballad-like structure. The drumming is decent but non-spectacular as in any album that lacks much dynamism. I have listened to this album for many times and the only catchy song is the more upbeat "The Departure". The only song that doesn't follow the same gothic-doom metal pattern with stylistic differences is "Into the Lips of the Earth", which is a minimalist ambient.

Lyrically, the album deals with an imaginary apocalypse, the "opera" of an insane man that is fed up with the world. Some monologue can be found in "Ladykiller" and "Last Minute Train". The album cover is well realized and it's related to the theme (man in despair, apocalyptic red sky, ravens). To get the best album experience, you must listen to it from start to finish and follow the lyrics. Everything is good, but there are no standout songs.

"The Foreshadowing aim is to bring you into an atom-sphere of apocalyptic tragedy and alienation from humanity and everyday life with a moody and powerful music."

That's a quote from one of their official internet pages and i think they transposed their ideas really well into this album. "Days of Nothing" is with nothing inferior to works of more well-known bands such as My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, Moonspell or Anathema. I really hope the second album won't disappoint my now big expectations.