After enrolling at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Cinema department, SD participated on OCCULTUM PRODUCTIONS compilation ...CREPHUSCHLE and album CARSTVO TISINE was released by the aforementioned French record label on June 1st 2007, limited to 300 copies. Also, as a bonus, this album contains material from previous release, Bratstvo smrti. At the end of year, split album HATEDOLLS AND LIES, with French band DUNKELNACHT, was recorded and officially got out on November 1st.
Re-release of the album Carstvo tisine by Serbian ROCK EXPRESS RECORDS, containting two bonus tracks taken from Hatedolls and Lies Split, as well as with different cover artwork/booklet. This re-release was done exclusively for the Balkans. During early summer, SD relocated to Rome, where Rastko continued music work and studies of Italian language at the international school DILIT. Also, this is the year that marked R's more serious astronomical observations and involvement with Astonomical Society of Novi Sad.
Album PART OF THE INFINITY was recorded during the summer of 2008 in Rome, Italy, and was published via German record label NORDSTURM PRODUCTIONS in 2009. Special edition of this album, limited strictly to 25 copies, had a t-shirt included. In June Rastko earned a BA diploma in 2009 at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, in the field of Dramatic Arts (specialised in practical filmmaking).
During this period, Shadowdream gave an homage to the historical period of Renaissance. The opus DE SPHAERA VOLVELLE represented, until then, the most mature and complex opus of compositions in projects existence. Album was released on various formats, via various record labels (first being tape format on Ukranian label DEPRESSIVE ILLUSIONS RECORDS during 2010 and in 2011 via German record label NATURMACHT PRODUCTIONS as a CD.
Shadowdream appeared on Tamanui Te-RA Compilation (Kalpamantra Official Web Album/Compilation), GROM RECORDS double compilation MESSAGE FROM THE OTHER SIDE, as well as on the compilation BLACK METAL AGENDA VOLUME 19: DEPRESSIVE ILLUSIONS (DARK AMBIENT EDITION). Also, it contributed compositions to Serbian black metal band BANE for their MISANTHROPHIA EP and albums CHAOS, DARKNESS & EMPTINESS and THE ACAUSAL FIRE. During this period, Rastko became second member of black metal nightmare ANCIENT SORROW.
While based in Stockholm on his Master studies in Cinema, Rastko traveled to remote parts of Middle East and and South/Central America in order to learn more about their cultures and gather more inspiration for further work.
Split album with Mexican project AH-PUCH titled TEMPLE OF OLD LORDS was released, which was strictly limited to 33 die hard copies, was released via NECROMOON RECORDS. Also, this year Rastko defended a Masters degree at the Stockholm University (2011-2013), Sweden in 2013 at the Department of Cinema Studies, with the thesis "The Impact of Totalitarian Ideologies on Serbian Cinema between 1960 and 1975".
SHADOWDREAM inked a contract with Italian label WORMHOLE DEATH RECORDS.
Sixth full lenght album titled UM, which marked 10 years of musical work, was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden and was released and promoted/distributed worldwide via WORMHOLE DEATH RECORDS and published by WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC (Part of WARNER MUSIC GROUP).
This album presents a "sonick psychosis", a unique voyage into the depths of a tortured mind - the mind of a schizophrenic. Therefore, the music on this album can be described as "Psychotic Jazz".
As SHADOWDREAM is a musical project created with a goal to always discover new musical landscapes and reinvent itself, this eclecticism led its author through many musical changes. From the humble beginnings in the domain of black metal, through dark ambient and neoclassical tones into something which can be only described as MIDNIGHT JAZZ, on the latest opus titled
THE SUNSETTLER'S MOTEL.
This album brought SHADOWDREAM A MAJOR PUBLISHING DEAL with WORMHOLE DEATH RECORDS and EPICTRONIC RECORDS, and is PUBLISHED by WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC.
THE SUNSETTLERS MOTEL is a film noir without a picture. It is a tale of crime painted with dark jazz tones, which will take you to the vast corners of suspense and mystery. It is a soundtrack for a film you can create within your imagination. And as there are always spare rooms in THE SUNSETTLER'S MOTEL, welcome and let the noir begin.
DURING THIS YEAR, SHADOWDREAM / RASTKO PERISIC OFFICIALLY BECAME PART OF WARNER/CHAPPEL PUBLISHING AND WARNER MUSIC ARTISTS, with such greats as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Kraftwerk, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles to name a few.
During the production for this album, titled JAZZ SOUNDTRACKS FOR EMBALMING, it was not just the anxiety with creation of music, playing and recording, but with the investigation of many crimes and murders in order to get the best musical atmosphere to describe them. During the recording in 2017 and 2018 I have managed to talk with people who were and are committed to mental institution, some with criminal past, others who were abused. This brought a lot of much needed raw emotion to the album. Therefore, JAZZ SOUNDTRACKS is a fictional story inspired by real-life events and experiences. And last but not least, this album
is truly “FILM WITHOUT PICTURE”.
How come some people, myself included, sometimes feel nostalgia for the times past, but not those times of significant pleasure, but rather those of great pain? Is it maybe due to the illusion of having control, as when we dwell in those times past we know how they were, so they don’t intimidate us as much as the future ones, which are filled with anxiety and uncertainty? This album dives in exploration of rather personal psychological journey of nostalgia for the times of depression and anxiety, which now seem as the safe place, especially during the period of uncertainty during global pandemic. Having talked with therapists and their clients, many times this concept of, let’s call it “negative nostalgia”, arose. Therefore, it is only a natural thing for me to explore it through music and go back to that difficult period which now seems safe.