Shadowdream are a band from Serbia that started out as ambient black metal but have evolved more into ambient jazz with strong black metal overtones on this release and this is a review of their 2014 album "Um" which was released by WormHoleDeath Records.
Ambient sounds start off the album and they bring a haunting feeling to the recording along wit h programmed drum beats and on the following track spoken word parts become a part of the music along with female vocals and cries and the recording also starts utilizing a more atmospheric sound.
Each track brings a very different sound to the album and the jazz influence really starts to show up on some of the later tracks, as the album progresses one of the songs brings in tribal beats and middle eastern style folk instruments which also gives the album a more new age feeling and the songs also start having a more occult and esoteric atmosphere to them as time goes on by and when the album gets closer to the end you can also hear a small amount of chanting and grim black metal vocals in one of the songs.
Shadowrealm create a very interesting sounding dark ambient album with this recording and while the black metal sounds of the earlier release's are absent from from this album, the music is still very dark, haunting and evil sounding along with a dark sounding production and song themes that cover schizophrenia, supernatural and dying and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding recording from Shadowdream, and while some of the more close minded black metal fans might not enjoy this album, i see this recording appealing however to fans of dark and black ambient. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Theological Agnosia" "Pavor Nocturnus - Death to Me" and "Ghost Sickness - End Of Life". 8 out of 10.