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6.9/10 Chaim
 

ABYSSPHERE - Shadows and Dreams - CD - Endless Desperation Productions - 2010

review by: Chaim Drishner

 

Reviewing Shadows and Dreams back to back with Revelation of Rain's Emanation of Hatred, we have noticed the two bands - both of which are playing melodic doom / death in essence - have gone two opposite directions; while Revelations of Rain tried and succeeded to a degree in distancing themselves from the cliché-ridden world of melodic and romantic Gothic-oriented doom / death metal, Abyssphere have done just the opposite: they have consciously rooted themselves into the soils of lightweight, sugar-coated melodic metal with just a hint of what doom / death is really all about.

 

Now, there's a difference between being a lousy musician / song writer, and being a good one yet consciously making the choice of playing a certain type of music - that which would not necessarily be to the liking of a certain reviewer. Abyssphere are the latter; they're good musicians and you cannot take that from them; their talent is undeniable, the execution of the music is top-notch and the songs - albeit not challenging for one bit - are well thought out, well written and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding, not only in terms of formal musical education but also in the more intuitive department of writing songs charged with inner beauty and emotion; songs you'll find almost inhumanely impossible to resist and remain untouched by, especially if you're the touchy type with an inclination toward the melodramatic.

 

Incorporating a myriad of instruments and an array of vocal types, Shadows and Dreams growls, screams, sings, cites, caresses, but always with a certain calculated elegance. The album is tame, it is "civilized" and probably also "polite." It does not offend in any way and does not hold in its midst any listening challenge. It is, however, a slightly interesting blend of styles, echoing the likes of Lacrimosa, Trail of Tears and the Russian melodic doom brand (and if you've got the penchant for the Russian language's unique sound and pronunciation, you are in for a kick).

 

However, for aficionados of something challenging and more brutish, this recording would probably not even scratch the surface. (6.9/10)

 

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