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SHADES OF DEEP WATER (FI) "Waterways"

 
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Desolate



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:47 am    Post subject: SHADES OF DEEP WATER (FI) "Waterways" Reply with quote



New material from this Finnish Funeral Doom entity, the whole album can be listened and purchased here: http://shadesofdeepwater.bandcamp.com/album/waterways
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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"Waterways doesn’t hesitate to immerse the listener into it’s cold and dismal waters with the grave-trudging riff and brooding melody of “Lifeless Surroundings”. The approach is barebones, with no vocals, uncomplicated drum-work, and thick but plain distortion coating the riffs. Several moments of clean, reverb drenched guitars add some color, even if it’s only more tones of dreary gray, to ensure it’s misty pallor doesn’t loosen it’s grip with too much repetition. With the tone set, Shades of Deep Water proceeds to soak you to the bones with little relent. Their preferred attack is crushing the listener into submission with waves of lumbering riffs and despondent growls before dragging them into the depths with dolorous melodies. It’s a simple but effective approach, helped immensely by the band’s good sense of when to vary things up and when to stick with a good riff.

The tracks have an average of around five and a half minutes; a testament to Shades of Deep Water’s controlled sense of restraint, and while they are all aesthetically cohesive, each song is memorable in it’s own right. The slowed-down heavy metal of “Coast to Coast”, the disheartened singing of “Constant Pressure”, and the anxious, fragile clean-guitar outro of “Stay Shadows” add a near perfect level of diversity to Waterways; interesting yet never flashy and always consistent in tone.

That specific mood and aesthetic does a lot to make Waterways itself stand out. Underground metal has changed a lot since the early 90′s, and whether you’re examining the “dark germanic heathenism” of the Scythes of Death label, the esoteric occultism of Blus Aus Nord or Deathspell Omega, the deep ecology of the Cascadian bands, or one of countless other explorations, it’s a genre that has greatly expanded both the breadth and complexity of themes it’s willing to tackle. It’s a healthy and necessary maturation of the subculture, but there are times when it can start to feel ridiculously complex at best and awkwardly pompous at worst. Shades of Deep Water forgoes the academics, politics, and pontifications and offer up something that’s satisfyingly direct and uncomplicated. The music speaks for itself, while the maritime aesthetic provides a shallow but suitable canvas for the riffs to unfold over. A healthy dose of Engrish adds a certain charm to the simplistic but serviceable lyrics; usually decipherable in the growls.

I’m tempted to call this a solid album, but the more I listen and consider it, the more apparent it becomes that it’s on a higher level than that. It’s straightforward composition is very simple relative to what more ambitious bands like Esoteric or Mournful Congregation have been up to for the last few years, but there’s something to be said for a concise approach to a genre that’s often characterized by an excessive, some might even say pretentious, attitude towards songwriting. Waterways is drowning in tangible atmosphere and a dramatically sullen mood without relying on electronic ambiance, complex themes, or epic track lengths, and there’s something incredibly refreshing about a funeral doom album that can stand on it’s riffs alone. Don’t hesitate at the docks for this harrowing journey into the north seas."

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Miilos



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm so addicted to this band. One of the best Funeral Doom around.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

great stuff!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NoxiousAdorer wrote:
great stuff!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Stock now ...
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