obscure forest

Obscure Forest, Destructive Illusion
Sullen Records

Brazilian black metal troubadours Poems Of Shadows’ follow-up to 2004’s Nocturnal Blasphemous Chanthing (that’s how it’s printed on the booklet cover, I swear), Obscure Forest, Destructive Illusion finds the band’s music shifting away from the holocaustic 1990’s style of black metal, and adds some melody to the frey. However, don’t think for a minute that means they’ve wussed out. Far from it. The music is as brutal and raw as ever; Obscure Forest, Destructive Illusion just seems to have more gut-punching bombast with some wicked death metal influences there.

At seven tracks, and a little over 34 minutes run time, though, it’s a bit short. Just when you’re getting your METAL groove on…it’s over. Kinda like those scrawny McDonald’s sandwiches. Also, Obscure Forest, Destructive Illusion was given a very limited printing of 250 copies, each hand numbered. Which means, yes, I missed out on getting a physical copy of my very own. But, I’m not picky, and managed to buy the album download off of eMusic (it’s also available through CD Baby), so anyone who doesn’t mind just a high-quality MP3s and a jpeg of the album cover, at a very affordable price, this is probably the best way to go.

Whichever route you choose, CD purist or otherwise (legally, I can’t stress this enough), Obscure Forest, Destructive Illusion is pretty good stuff…