The Darkest Side of Me

The Darkest Side of Me (Gothic Doom Metal) - Sweden




The Darkest Side of Me is a gothic doom metal band from Oxelösund, a small town on the Swedish east coast. The line-up consists of Jocke Fasth (composer, guitarist, bass player and producer), Danne Johansson (singer, songwriter and recording technician) and Åsa Camara (singer and songwriter). The members are composing mid-tempo songs consisting of strong both male and female harmonies accompanied by prominent, melodic guitar lines. The band was founded in mars 2019 by Jocke as a studio project. He had previously played punk, grunge and rock in different constellations. After building a studio at home Jocke decided to go in the direction of gothic metal, influenced by doom. - For me it was natural to get Danne on vocals when I started the project, because we were already playing together in another band where the music didn’t progress as we wanted.

Under this line-up The Darkest Side of Me wrote and recorded their first EP, Dark Horizon (released January 31th, 2020). At the time Danne was the only singer of the band. They had both for some time been wanting to add a female voice to their sound, and therefore asked local singer Åsa to feature on one of the songs. After Unknown was recorded, the guys decided to ask Åsa if she wanted to be a permanent part of the band and she joined them in early January 2020.



"Bonfire Mountain" Single Review
The track begins with some moody vibes to help set the omnious tone. The dual melodic vocals enter the fray go back and forth during the first verse as the passion pours out. The instrumentation cranks up as the vocals soar with passion. The bridge of the track dips down to a more low tempo, haunting pacing as the vocals swirl around the instrumentation. The track then erupts with fury to close things out on a heavier note.

Verdict:
The Darkest Side Of Me unleash their emotionally charged new single.



"Death At Sea" Single Review
The track opens right away with a wall of sound as the riffs swirl around the listener to create catchiness off the bat. The moody melodic vocals enter the fray around the 45 second mark and up the ante on the pacing. There's a dual vocal dynamic that join in and add even more depth and melody to the epic sound. The vocals exchange verses up until the bridge around after the four minute mark as the melodic vocals soar even further. The track closes out in style and wraps everything up perfectly with its signature sound.

Verdict:
The Darkest Side Of Me present a tightly wrapped Gothic Doom Metal epic single for the masses.

-Interview- (8/29/21)
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “The Darkest Side of Me" and is there any meaning behind it?

The band was founded in March 2019 by Jocke as a studio project. He soon invited Danne and after our first EP we wanted to include a female voice. A big source of inspiration sound vise has always been Greg Mackintosh from Paradise Lost. Great guitar riffs, sweet melodies and a beautiful guitar sound. Danne came up with the name while working on one of the first songs. Even though we are nice people, we do have a dark side.


2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

Any kind of feeling really, both from the lyrics and the melodies. Most of our songs are kind of dark but sometimes you can feel comforted by the darkness. We do have some more empowering tunes too and the best feeling is when fans reach out to tell us how the song has helped them.


3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

Slow, heavy and melancholic.


4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Paradise Lost, Tiamat and Anathema.


5. How has Covid affected what you do as a band?

Not at all really. For now, we don’t play live and all the work in the studio we do individually.


6. What’s your take on the current state of Gothic Doom Metal?

It’s not a big genre but there are quite a few really good bands from Scandinavia.


7. What’s the current music scene like there in Sweden?

Sweden has a long tradition of delivering great music to the world and we are continuing doing that with both song writers, producers and artists. Right now, we are finally opening up for live performances.


8. What’s your take on the royalties that streaming services pay out to artists?

What royalties? He he… Considering all the hard work behind a song and the amount of streams you get, but still it won’t pay for coffee.


9. What’s next for The Darkest Side of Me?

Continuing creating great music and videos!


10. Any shoutouts?

Shoutout to all the musicians who are trying to make ends meet during this pandemic.