Head First Into Shadows

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Mike Lamb One of my favorite doom bands release a beautiful follow-up to their stellar debut album. Very highly recommended. Favorite track: Beneath This Lake (feat. Daniel Droste).
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The long-awaited second full-length album by the Italian band that secures the success of their debut album, which received many positive reviews from critics and fans of heavy metal music. Melodic, atmospheric and accurate arrangements, coupled with a combination of growls and clean vocals make «Head First Into Shadows» a perfect example of a good album varying the style from raw death doom metal to refined post rock. The guests on the album are represented by Daniel Droste, the guitarist and the vocalist of the German band Ahab, and Jani Ala-Hukkala, the vocalist of the Finnish post-metal band Callisto. The album was recorded at several studios, mastering was traditionally performed by Greg Chandler, the leader of Esoteric at Priory Recording Studios (Birmingham, UK).

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released May 23, 2016

Recorded by:
Larsen Premoli at RecLab Studio, Milan (IT)
Simone Saccheri, Paolo Copeta and Antonio Cantarin at (EchO) Headquarters (IT)
Robin Marchetti at Rabbit Studio, Brescia (IT)

Mixed by Robin Marchetti at Rabbit Studio, Brescia (IT)

Mastered by Greg Chandler at Priory Recording Studios, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham (UK)

All music and lyrics by (EchO)

Additional vocals on "Beneath this Lake" by Daniel Droste from Ahab (who also wrote his own vocal line) and on "Gone" by Jani Ala-Hukkala from Callisto (who also wrote his own vocal line and lyrics)

Photos and artwork by Lorenzo Caggioli



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Track Name: Blood And Skin
Try to find yourself,

in this empty room,

but someone has to lead the way.

On this beloved ground,

where i bled so many times, 

you're wispering in my ear

"two bodies can merge into one?"

Around us things dissolved,

and every time you breathe,

on my skin, i lose a bit of my myself

The scent sneaks the brain,

like a distant memory.

Could i rest, for once,

for once in my life?

Misery is so stuck, so stuck in my shallow vein.

Fate has shown me,the way once again,

through your blood,

Your blood and skin.

Now, here we stand,

time has passed away,

like sand between fingers.

Don't you see,

that one, drop of your lymph,

can heal the deepest wound

of my heart?

Around us things dissolved

beneath every star

you stand, you stand beside me

Track Name: This Place We Used To Call Home
Every day's the same,

you can only say goodbye,

to your beloved ones.

My light is fading,

you can only carry on,

please don't drown me in sorrow

One day you'll find

the way back home

Watch my light fading,

my guidance misleading.

Drowing in a deep corner,

of this place we use to call home

Don't find excuses,

for hating yourself,

at the turn of the tide.

Can you realize, once again,

this pain will pass away?

One day you'll find

the courage to step outside

Take me home.
Take me home.
Track Name: Beneath This Lake (feat. Daniel Droste)
We float over own strain dread.

We sing sinking into our yield.

My limbs cast by tides and flows.

The shores i used to know,

seem far away from here.

Blue and gray void,

around my wrinkled skin.

Our journey ends here

in the heeds that divide us.

The blooming hills stare at the blue glass.

The route ends on this shores,

fretted by the erratic tide.

Before my eyes they seem still alive.

Watch me I'm mashed,

under three piles of ancient grief,

my memories blurred in deep.

Give me my craved relief,

Old images so sweet.

Leave a bitter taste on my lips,

I see my last mooring,

below the highest peak.

Wait for me.

Should i reach it?

In the end.

Shipwreck feels so sweet to the sea...

Beneath this Lake

Screams from the deep

Underneath my hate

Ring out in my sleep
Track Name: Gone (feat. Jani Ala-Hukkala)

nonsense can mislead, weak eyes,

can you lead my sight?

Speak up, 

your words may lead me,

down there,

Where i keep my last dread

Once again, i want to keep my eyes closed,

regardless of the light i see, from outside


no one can stop this fall.

Hold on to me.


Never look back, watch me suffer.

leave it behind, until it's all gone

Mild, yet cold and disturbing dream,

hunts my days and nights,

and leaves me pale and quiet.

At morning,

I'll just need some time,

to wrap my head

around those things you were saying to me.

Can our words be light?

It would lead us,

if we only care.

Wake me up!

I'll fall into this void!

No one can avoid me,

from falling.

The calm we saw did never indicate.

The dreary and the callous would lead the way

One thing you should've know,

The one thing you should've acquired

is some time in the wake of the whole,

some time away from it all.

Colliding visions.

Head first into shadows.

Why does a man have to wait,

to find the truth?

You'll lean on the answer,

although it's not quite true for any of you
Track Name: A New Maze
Over eyesight, where our sun shines.

Hiding our lies, come to me slightly.

Face me now, thumb my life, fading yarn.

No choice, not for you.

When the night surrond us,

The lights are al gone, around us.

In this empty darkness,

your light is far, close my eyes

Surrond my whole form,

with your sharp crystal veil.

Underneath my own skin,

cold chalk trace a new maze

I just can't withstand to this brilliance.

Why is it so desolate, after my last goodbye?

Take me down, where this fade won't find me out.

Just lead me, and I'll follow you
Track Name: Order Of The Nightshade
The sky was bright day, like rain would never come.

What did you left for?

Don't cry and walk to the edge.

Cold blood, hand in your hand,

face blown by the wind.

What did you left for?

Don't cry and walk to the edge.

Kept alive by fear, lost for hope,

Would you die for me again?

Wise man, is there something you left,

On the path you've been forced to walk?

Conceal your face in the...

What about the pain and tears,

What was i supposed to learn?

Kept alive by fear, lost for hope,

What was i supposed to learn?

Conceal your face in the nightshade.

We walked on unknown roads,

the wiseman drew the path.

Is this what he left for?

The night is far from the end.

Now that we hide our souls, 

behind this nightshade,

what did you left for?

This night is far from the end.