The Foreshadowing : Second World

Italian doom metalists, The Foreshadowing, have released their third full-length album, Second World. It’s pretty damned amazing. Dark, melodious guitar work and unrelenting, tribal drumming create a foreboding atmosphere. The lulling, deep vocals tell a story of surviving some kind of post-apocalyptical world or, if you want to get metaphorical, the world today as viewed from a grim but solemnly hopeful place. There’s even some brooding choir work that adds to the thick gloom.

In recording the album, the band had to leave their well-loved rehearsal room and studio that they formerly shared with Klimt 1918. The new spot they landed then suffered a flood. I can’t help but to think some of the difficult emotions of leaving their studio of close to ten years bled into the recording. While a difficult thing for the band, I think the emotional saturation was good for the recording.

Jonah Pedella, drummer extraordinaire, notes in an interview that most of Second World was composed with the band playing all together in the studio, which gives the album a distinctive ambiance. The intent was to create a set of songs that could translate well to the stage without losing their intended emotional burn. Apart from the Summer Breeze festival in Dinkelsbuehl, Germany (August 16 – 18), I haven’t seen any tour announcements, but I’m hopeful. My advice, if they come anywhere near your town, go see them.

The band recently signed an endorsement with Jackson guitars. I’m not sure what that means for the band financially, but I do believe it gives them opportunity to try some new toys and experiment more. While Andrea Chiodetti sticks with his favored seven-string set up and Alessandro his tuned-down six-string, the band for the first time brings in an acoustic guitar. The result is more depth and texture. For the metal purists out there, have no fear. The band’s view is that Second World is their most metal album to date. I concur.

If you haven’t heard The Foreshadowing before, Second World is likely to put you out at least 30 quid. Ten for the CD and twenty for their previous two, because you’re going to say, “Damn, how did I miss these guys!” and then you’re going to go buy their entire catalogue. The good news is these boys have only been together since 2005, so there’s not a whole of lot of catching up to do.