Cemetery Fog: Shadows from the Cemetery

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Cemetery Fog: Shadows from the Cemetery
Black Metal, Doom Metal
Self-release, Iron Bonehead Productions (2014)
December 19th, 2013 / March 31st, 2014
Release length: 24:06
Cemetery Fog is a three-piece group from Hamina, Finland that formed in 2012. Since then they unleashed three demo recordings, the last being Shadows from the Cemetery, a five song home dubbed recording with a xeroxed cover. It does a nice job mixing together aggressive early Black Metal ideas of first and second wave styles with crushing Doom Metal passages that sometimes carry a nice Death Metal touch. It’s claimed this relase has no gaps between songs, but you can obviously hear them from time to time.

Shadows from the Cemetery starts with a dismal introduction that gives way to early Thrash Metal infused Black Metal riffs that don’t appear again outside some sharper material near the three minute mark that is backed with what sounds like two-step bass kicks. A little after four minutes the performance goes into more of a slower chanting approach before heading into early Darkthrone to wrap up what seems to have been “Shadows from the Cemetery.” “Voices from the Dark,” however, doesn’t seem to be as aggressive, ending on more of a glorious tone bands like Enslaved or Amon Amarth would approve of.

The shift become a suiting change of pace, as the larger chunk of the recording, “Old Gates,” crawls along while blunt guitar riffs metaphorically hammer away at the back of its skull. About three minutes in, some harmonizations appear with a hint of melody to the riffs to give the performance a dismal atmosphere that is short lived. It comes back into play a few times, but really becomes rich and moody by the end, leading to the acoustic “Outro” that feels cold and lifeless.

Shadows from the Cemetery sounds great for a raw home made dub, accentuating the sharp distortions when need be, and focusing on the bass guitar and deep thuds of the bass kicks when the pace slows down. The only time the audio seems to have any real issue is some fading to the cymbals about two minutes in on “Old Gates.” Other than that, it’s an interesting demo that treads between anger and despair quite well, making each song feel as though a progression into one’s own decay, or so one could guess. While the transitions between Black Metal and Doom Metal are done quite well, it’s hard to get a grasp on what Cemetery Fog was trying to accomplish. Shadows from the Cemetery actually seems to try to do a bit too much in too confined a space. While a solid experience with bits of extended material that could have been cut shorter, it makes for an engaging demo release worth checking out.

01. Into the Beyond – 0:48
02. Shadows from the Cemetery – 4:49
03. Voices from the Dark – 6:13
04. Old Gates – 10:10
05. Outro – 2:06

All track lengths of this release are guessed and may not reflect each song properly.

Initial Pressing Score: 7/10

Cemetery Fog
Cemetery Fog

Digital review copy of this release provided by Iron Bonehead Productions.