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Tears Of Mortal Solitude - Forest Stream

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Genre: Pop / Artist: Forest Stream / Audio CD released 2003-01-27 at Earache

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      06.08.2009 13:55
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      A solid if unremarkable piece of gothic doom/death

      Russian band Forest Stream's 2003 debut release 'Tears of Mortal Solitude' is clearly heavily influenced by Swedish doom/death bands Katatonia and Opeth, and the band also contributed to the 2006 Katatonia tribute album December Songs alongside the likes of Xasthur, Forgotten Tomb and Forest of Shadows. Unsuprisingly then, the songs on 'Tears of Mortal Solitude' are filled with Cure-esque clean chords and raw, doomy, drawn-out riffs of a minimalist nature, and are accompanied by sounds of thunder and rainfall, strains of piano and the despondent growls wholly reminiscent of those of Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt. There are the occasional passages of ethereal Katatonia-style clean vocals and also subtle, folky crooning here and there as well.

      The songs are frequently saturated with rather cheesy keyboards a la Crematory, whilst the drums are very simplistic and sound like a drum machine, despite their not actually being so. In many places the songs are lacking of any real energy, and this combined with the over-polished production can make the album sound rather bland in places, but overall it remains an endearingly melancholy and reflective listen, full of some very enjoyable, carefully placed old-Katatonia style riffs that have some real emotional power behind them. These sections merge rather well with the more bombastic sections of heavy synths and distorted doom riffs, which occasionally give way to up-tempo passages that are reminiscient of the mainstream symphonic sound of the likes of Old Mans Child. These faster parts can be a little bland however, but they do contrast well with the minimalist semi-acoustic sections that are the album's best feature.

      The songs are simple in their construction and modest in their execution, but the album has enough subtle guitarwork and satisfyingly melancholy atmosphere about it to make it well worth a look for Katatonia and Opeth fans in particular and gothic doom/death fans in general. Nothing stunningly original then, but a charming and endearing listen all the same.

      Tracklisting-

      1. Autumn Elegy 03:52
      2. Legend 08:07
      3. Last Season Purity 12:15
      4. Snowfall 09:55
      5. Mel Kor 08:50
      6. Whole 05:15
      7. Black Swans 10:33
      8. Winter Solstice 08:27
      9. Steps Of Mankind 01:34

      Total playing time 01:08:48

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Autumn Elegy
    2 Legend
    3 Last Season Purity
    4 Snowfall
    5 Mel Kor
    6 Whole
    7 Black Swans
    8 Winter Solstice
    9 Steps Of Mankind