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Damascus – Forest Of Dreams


Last Updated on 02:45 PM by Giorgos Tsekas

Genre: Heavy Metal
Country: U.S.A.
Label: Arkeyn Steel Records
Year: 2017, 1989

Why waste your time listening to yet another mediocre album? Why spend your precious free time listening to uninspiring riffs, boring vocal melodies and meaningless mediocre songs? Why spend your hard-earned money on yet another trashy release that is a waste of space in your collection, while you can be listening to Damascus material instead? Why deprive yourself from the restless, torrential, lyrical and enigmatic Metal sound these guys deliver? Why not get lost in the magical riffs of any of their songs? Why not give yourself the chance to listen to the thrilling -in every way- vocals of Fred Ruzicka? Vocals that along with their interpretation but also their peculiar and arcane melodies, give flesh and bones to songs that can be only considered as gems and nothing else.

Even though the end audio result that Damascus deliver in their LP tape is melodic Heavy Metal in classical forms, an attentive hearing to each song will bring forward a Prog approach that the band attempts in many parts of their music (“Welcome to New Ideas”), but also few Pomp influences mainly due to the subtle yet essential presence of keyboards (“Wings of Freedom” /”Yesterday”). All given through a straightforward Metal technique that is the trademark of the band. Well played, pompous, melodic steel, perfectly executed and very inspired. If I had to put them somewhere in the metal universe, it would be amongst bands such as Alloy Czar.

I think the band peaks when their lyrical base is combined with their brilliant fantasy themed lyrics, which I will also mark as one of the powerful elements of this band.

You think I’m exaggerating? Ok, I challenge you to listen to any -even random- of Damascus songs, even for a few seconds that are enough to listen to Freds voice and the way he sings. And come back to discuss this further. If you don’t feel it, then I don’t know what to say. Something would be wrong. No, don’t take this personally. It’s just that we’re dealing with a music that self-evident has a very powerful vibe. Solid product of inspiration, brilliantly executed! A class lyrical steel,

The LP tape of this band from Michigan, USA saw the light of day for the first time in 1989, through their own independent production. Was re-issued and remastered in CD form, by Arkeyn Steel Records in 2017.




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