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

Natalie Koskinen

vocals (ex-Depressed Mode)

Henri Koivula


Jarno Salomaa

guitars/keyboards (ex-Rapture)

Tomi Ullgren

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

Sami Uusitalo

bass (Finntroll)

Toni Reahalme


Samu Ruotsalainen

drums (ex-Barathrum, Finntroll, Rapture)

Former Members/Guests



Pasi Koskinen

vocals (Ajattara, ex-Amorphis, Mannhai)




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

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Brave Words  Metal Storm 

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
  • Natalie Koskinen
  • Pasi Koskinen
  • Jarno Salomaa
  • Tomi Ullgren
  • Sami Uusitalo
  • Toni Reahalme
  • Samu Ruotsalainen

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos 

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

Reviews:   Metal Storm 

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

Monotony Fields 
  1. Reaching the Innermost
  2. Monotony Fields
  3. Descending Inner Night
  4. The Distant Dream of Life
  5. Withdrawn
  6. In Longing
  7. The Blank Journey
  8. Written in My Scars

Reviews:   Metal Observer  Sputnik Music 


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