Godsend - As The Shadows Fall LP (Silver vinyl)
This is a must for fans of melodic Doom Metal from the 90’s era, featuring Dan Swanö!
I doubt that in the 90’s, there was a way to avoid the ever present genius of Dan Swanö. Godsend might not be the most familiar band he has cooperated with but surely not the least. From the many Scandinavian bands that arose during the 90’s Godsend might not be the one which is most remembered but the overall quality of the band is definitely on par with any other release from Scandinavia during that era.
Godsend succeeded in combining doom with slight gothic and progressive touches. For some people the level of brilliance achieved on this first full length (and bonus demo) was never reached again. Presumably this is the first album where Dan Swanö used clean vocals and the very deep bass register is quite impressive and eerie without lacking the right amount of emotion. There are times that you can even distill small hints of Marillion on this album although most songs are along the lines of doom metal as we are used to. Although there are definitely hints to the sound of other bands Godsend managed to succeed in creating a sound of their own.
In this day and age the band would have surely received a more praising response than back in the days. Sadly the band was deemed not ‘extreme enough’ to the prevailing opinion at that time. It is time to re-asses our opinion on this amazing
album that has stood the test of time flawlessly while many of its’ competitors are lost from the collective memory forever. The bonus disc featured with the deluxe double-cd edition of this album also includes the ‘Demo 1992’ which is also remastered and sounds amazing.
• Produced by Dan Swanö (Dissection, Bloodbath, Opeth)
• Featuring Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath, Nightingale) on vocals and synthesizer
• All audio is restored and remastered by Erwin Hermsen at Toneshed Studio (Trouble, Pestilence, Malevolent Creation, Dead Head)
• LP comes with download card
• First time on vinyl
• CD comes as a deluxe 2-CD with slipcase
• The bonus CD contains the original demo from 1992
For fans of: Candlemass, Paradise Lost, Solitude Aeturnus, Pentagram, Anathema