Origin: Finland
Genres: Doom Metal
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Shape Of Despair  


Shape Of Despair have been playing their unique brand of funeral doom for a decade now, having formed in Finland in 1995. The key word here is slow, indeed, but not slow in the dreary, plodding sense, but more in the gentle ebb and flow that the guitars and keyboards put forth. This is truly atmospheric music, somber yet graceful, melancholy yet not oppressive. Funeral doom is often an acquired taste, and while Shape Of Despair may not be for everyone in the metal world, their take on this extreme form of music is arguably a bit more palatable than others in the field. One of the best, if not the best, funeral bands in existence.

Current Members

Nathalie Koskinen

vocals

Henri Koivula

vocals

Jarno Salomaa

guitars/keyboards (Rapture)

Tomi Ullgren

guitars/bass (Impaled Nazarene, Rapture, Thy Serpent)

Sami Uusitalo

bass (Finntroll)

Toni Reahalme

violin

Samu Ruotsalainen

drums (Barathrum, Finntroll, Rapture)

Former Members/Guests

T.M.

vocals

Pasi Koskinen

vocals (Ajattara, Amorphis, Mannhai)

J.V.

flute


Discography



Shades Of ... 
2000 Spinefarm
  1. ... In The Mist
  2. Woundheir
  3. Dawn Into The Stream
  4. Shadowed Dreams
  5. Sylvan-night
  • T.M.
  • Nathalie Koskinen
  • Jarno Salomaa
  • Tomi Ullgren
  • J.V.
  • Samu Ruotsalainen




Angels Of Distress 
2001 Spinefarm
  1. Fallen
  2. Angels Of Distress
  3. Quiet These Paintings Are
  4. ... To Live For My Death ...
  5. Night's Dew
  • Nathalie Koskinen
  • Pasi Koskinen
  • Jarno Salomaa
  • Tomi Ullgren
  • Toni Reahalme
  • Samu Ruotsalainen

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Metal Observer 



Illusion's Play 
2004 Spinefarm
  1. Sleep Mirrored
  2. Still-motion
  3. Entwined in Misery
  4. Curse Life
  5. Fragine Emptiness
  6. Illusion's Play
  • Nathalie Koskinen
  • Pasi Koskinen
  • Jarno Salomaa
  • Tomi Ullgren
  • Sami Uusitalo
  • Toni Reahalme
  • Samu Ruotsalainen

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Metal Observer 



Shape Of Despair  COMPILATION
2005 Spinefarm
  1. Sleeping Murder
  2. Night’s Dew
  3. Sylvan-night
  4. Quiet These Paintings Are - Outro
  5. To Adorn
  6. Shadowed Dreams
  7. In The Mist




(EP) Written In My Scars 
2010 Solarfall
  1. Written in My Scars
  2. The Bliss of Sudden Loss


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