Drift Into Black - Shadow People (2017)
With his first EP, the one-man band of Drift Into Black spins out half an hour of heavy-hearted explorations, with Craig Rossi (Grey Skies Fallen) handling vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, and all of the song-writing. Fusing elements from doom metal, goth rock, symphonic metal, and several other styles, the music develops an almost laid-back approach to the mood of endured suffering, evoking some of the more sober-minded doom acts like Candlemass and Below.
There's a lot more experimentation going on than most of those groups attempt, though. Muted bass-lines with electronic interference call to mind comparisons to Jesu, and the richly-textured melodies have such a lushness to them that, at times, they push past rock and metal designations into sheer audial expressiveness. But despite the variety of approaches packed into the EP's five songs, Rossi pulls it all together with character and drive uniting them in fine fashion. There's a lot to unpack in the music, and on top of the diverse song-writing styles, the demonstrated ability to make songs of seven minutes or more stay interesting and organic hints at some colossal doom to come from DIB. Give this EP a few goes, and keep tuned for more from this intriguing project.
For Fans Of; Below, Dead Hand, Gnaw Their Tongues, Jesu, White Darkness