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Drift into Black: Shadow People

The cover art for this album shows a broken piano leaning forward in an empty room. Surrounding the piano are five ghostly figures, one of whom looks directly at the viewer with black and frightening eyes. Another figure sits at the piano and looks like she wants to play something. As scary images go, it's pretty tame. If you look at if just right, however, the figures may frighten you a little more than you think they will. There's just something about the way they linger there, just waiting and staring.

Drift into Black is the musical project of Craig Rossi, a keyboard player best known for his work with Grey Skies Fallen. I don't know the latest status of Grey Skies Fallen, but I definitely get the impression Rossi is no longer with that band. In any case, Drift into Black is what we have before us, not something new from Grey Skies Fallen. On this album, Rossi plays all the guitars and keyboards. He also sings on this album, sometimes by himself and sometimes with a woman who sings some excellent harmonies. Rossi's goal was to experiment with music that is both dark and depressive, but not necessarily classic doom metal. He succeeds at developing music that is wide-ranging and eclectic. I'd describe this album as dark rock music mixed with moody atmospherics. Yes, there are doom elements, here and there, but if you listen to this album expecting classic doom, you'll certainly be disappointed. Rossi describes the music as a "love child" between Anathema, Tiamat, Black Sabbath, and Katatonia and that's probably a good description. Just remember that not all children turn out like their parents. Interested listeners should approach this album with an open mind and a willingness to follow Rossi into new directions. Check out "Born Without Eyes" and then go deeper into the album as you see fit.

Track Listing:
1. Dawn of a New Day
2. Born Without Eyes
3. A Funeral for My Enemies
4. Drift into Black
5. Quicksand

Added: January 23rd 2018
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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