The Foreshadowing are a slick Italian gothic doom band and Oionos is their second full-length release. On Oionos the band haven't really progressed the debut album 'Days of Nothing', which offered up deeply miserable My Dying Bride-style doom riffs swathed in thick, moody synths and melancholic gothic croons. The songs on Oionos very much continue this trend, but although the songs are far from groundbreaking they are once again suitably emotive and very competently executed, with plenty of gratifyingly miserable plunging riffs and uncomplicated but effective songstructures. The songs sometimes switch from languishing doom to relatively furious up-tempo parts that chug along with considerable intensity, and all in all the album is an engaging and enjobale listen if nothing very original or different. There is even a cover of Sting's song 'Russians' to be found, (one music journalist speculated at the time of the albums release on how much more buyers might have to pay for a version of the album without this song included) but in fairness The Foreshadoing do as good a job as could be hoped for in covering the song, and it is in fact quite enjoyable, patronising lyrics aside.
The debut suffered from bland and nondescript photoshop artwork, and this is again evident in Oinios, but whilst far from good its not too bad I suppose, and equally whilst the band photoshot in the booklet looks like it should be gracing the front window of a GAP outlet, this is actually quite funny and endearing in its own way.
A decent followup, by which fans of the original will not be disappointed, but it would be good to see this band try and progress and further develop their character and sound.
1. The Dawning 06:44
2. Outsiders 05:16
3. Oionos 06:08
4. Fallen Reign 05:46
5. Soliloquium 02:29
6. Lost Humanity 06:10
7. Survivors Sleep 04:46
8. Chant of Widows 07:28
9. Hope. She's in the Water 05:38
10. Russians (Sting cover) 05:47
11. Revelation 3:11 03:37
Total playing time 59:49