HistoryForest Stream is predictably a goth/doom band. The band was formed by former Anestesia member singer/drummer Sonm The Darkest. Another former Anestesia man, guitarist Ungel would depart in 1997 - two years after the band's formation.
The band released a demo in 1999 called Snowfall and another a year later called Last Season Purity.
The band signed with Earache imprint Elitist in early 2002 and recorded Tears Of Mortal Solitude in its native Russia soon thereafter. The album was billed as the first of a trilogy of "All The sorrow, all the majesty and all the hate." In the meanwhile Sonm moved to The Netherlands to complete his studies.
The second album arrived on Candlelight two years after the act was signed. The band had toured Ukraine without Elhella who was unavailable. The group’s line-up had undergone an upheaval. Forest Stream announced it would participate in a tribute to Katatonia CD with a cover version of Without God, which was scheduled to be released through The Northern Silence Production to start 2005. The band went silent and Berserk died in 2017.
FOREST STREAM - TEARS OF MORTAL SOLITUDE - ELITIST/EARACHE
Russia's Forest Stream hails from the old breed of goth/doom bands using keyboards of which, thankfully, not many are left. The cover art though looks like a darker version of something Pink Floyd would use. Oddly enough the album begins with notes strongly reminiscent of Metallica's Nothing Else Matters (ouch), but soon settles for themes of sorrow, sadness and solitude. The band can be light or heavy, growling or spoken vocally with a penchant for New Age-isms. The trio also professes long passages filled with guitar harmonies. Yet, above all, Earache's description of Forest Stream as a "crestfallen classic" is telling. Fans know crestfallen to be the title for Anathema's 1992 EP. Forest Stream owes much allegiance to Anathema, My Dying Bride and Phlebotomized. - Ali "The Metallian"