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Oionos
     

Oionos

by The Foreshadowing
 
Italy's the Foreshadowing emerged from a two-year silence in 2010, bearing the "gifts" of melancholy doom in the shape of sophomore album Oionos. Not for these noble Romans the crude savagery of death/doom: theirs is a finessed and goth-informed style of languid melodic misery quite averse to extra-genre distractions, never

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Italy's the Foreshadowing emerged from a two-year silence in 2010, bearing the "gifts" of melancholy doom in the shape of sophomore album Oionos. Not for these noble Romans the crude savagery of death/doom: theirs is a finessed and goth-informed style of languid melodic misery quite averse to extra-genre distractions, never mind brute or vulgar displays of power (thrashy bursts, ugly vocals, etc.). Yes, muscular riffs and thunderous percussion do bring down their respective hammers upon sporadic aural bruisers such as "Lost Humanity" and "Chant of Widows" ("Outsiders" also boasts an intriguing new wave energy), but never at the expense of genteel self-control. Instead, typical fare like the title track, "The Dawning," and the evocatively named "Hope. She's in the Water" (which is disappointingly based on Pearl Harbor, not darker mysteries) often mosey along almost too satisfied with their deliberate moroseness. Meanwhile, "Survivors Sleep" does without six-strings entirely, choosing a piano accompaniment instead, and the cover of Sting's "Russians," though daring and handsomely executed, is certainly not for everyone. Furthermore, on many of these tunes, Marco Benevento's shaky operatic baritone can't always match the surrounding instrumental majesty, but his higher registers tend to fare much better. In fact, multi-tracking is definitely his friend, leaving him less naked and exposed to the buffeting waves of doom that endlessly punish the shores of the band's dying musical world -- but not to the point of severely damaging the Foreshadowing's competent second musical observation, Oionos, which they carry out with reliable quality and convincing aplomb.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2012
Label:
Metal Blade
UPC:
0039841512526
catalogNumber:
151252
Rank:
110114

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Performance Credits

Foreshadowing   Primary Artist
Marco Benevento   Vocals
Alessandro Pace   Guitar
Andrea Chiodetti   Guitar
Francesco Sosto   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Sotiris Aenaos   Spoken Word
Jonah Padella   Drums

Technical Credits

Sting   Composer
Giuseppe Orlando   Engineer
Marco Benevento   Composer,Lyricist
Foreshadowing   Composer,Producer
Seth Siro Anton   Artwork
Alessandro Pace   Engineer
Gordon Sumner   Composer
Fabio Timpanaro   Band Logo Design
Francesco Sosto   Composer,Lyricist
Alessandra Paliotti   Band Photo
Davide Pesola   Bass Engineer

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