The Foreshadowing - Second World
Label: Cyclone Empire
Reviewer: Nada K. Ahmed - 2012-08-02
Highlights: Most Of The Album Are Interesting
It is very likely that a good band can emerge out of the Italian Underground scene, remain as emphatic and establish themselves in the entire music scene without going mainstream. The Foreshadowing in their 3rd full-length album, “Second World” have left a significant mark on Doom Metal fans and gained some extra points for quality that seems to be increasing as time passes by.
The album cover-art by Travis Smith says it all: between the chaos of an apocalypse and despair of mankind is where lays the main theme of the band – and what an intro to start off the journey with! Sounds of fire, guns, chorus, and the catchy drum line that paves the road into it. It’s quite remarkable the changes that the 7-year-old Gothic Doom band has been through in terms of style. “Second World”, unlike the past two albums, can be said to be perfectly Gothic. One cannot ignore all these heavy riffs, chorus sounds and dark melodies that flow to and fro throughout the 10 tracks. The Foreshadowing, on the other hand, having stated that this record would be the heaviest among them all, have also proven that it was not only about heaviness, since the ambiance could certainly influence the atmosphere to create this profoundly-melancholic portrait of a man’s failure.
I shall emphasis the idea of the album being progressive, not musically progressive but thematically so. You never get to see the whole image but after listening to it over and over, somehow, the music absorbs you into the ‘real second world'. Typically, Marco’s voice makes this apocalyptic theme, despite being generic, feel very close to a personal experience in which you can actually place yourself inside.