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The Swedish Forest of Shadows was founded in 1997 by Niclas Frohagen (the one and only member of the band). Throughout the years there has been some other members in Forest of Shadows as well, but once again Frohagen is alone. Micce Andersson was the most important of those members as he co-wrote quite a lot of the music on Departure.
Music on Departure is quite melancholic, atmospheric doom which ranges from metal to electronic. Everything from mellotrons, piano, rhodes and djembe to various samples are used to portray Frohagen's depressive mood. The release time of this album couldn't be any better, as spring is often regarded as the depressive season. On a more critical note, Niclas Frohagen should have got a vocalist to sing on this record instead of himself.
Production on this album is ok. Occasionally there was some distortion, which occurred on every song (by the way, I'm not talking about the samples of distortion that Frohagen used). Some drum & guitar parts got distorted, because of exceeding the levels (probably due to recording them too loud). Otherwise the sounds are quite good.
Departure has its moments of glory when the music is beautiful and one can relate to it. However, this record would have benefitted from a better vocalist... If you like melancholic music and especially atmospheric doom metal, you might want to check out Forest of Shadows' Departure.
Release date: 17.11.2004
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- MAGE (08.11.2004)
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