•  Posted in: Kogaionon ReviewsRating: 0.80/1
  • Album: The Forlorn
  • Year: 2006
  • Label: DESCENT
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  • Finland

Another band formed for quite some years now (since 1997), but which ceased to exist after doing two demos. In 2003 it came to life again, and during two years they made another two demos, that brought them a contract offer from a Dutch debuting label, Descent Productions. So, the band entered the studio in august 2005, and they are now presenting us their debut, an album of so called Emotional Progressive Black Metal! What can I say, the vocalist reminds me from time to time of Mikael (Opeth), so do some of the riffs, and I could further spot several remnants of the new ENSLAVED sound... it is a pretty interesting album, entwining the specific sound of underground Black Metal with its guitar riffs along with melodic frames, some of them quite Progressive, making it all sound good to me. Unfortunately, the mixing process is a modest one, therefore the sound gets disturbing from time to time, especially because the guitars minimize the rest of the instruments. Probably the sound would have been more pleasant and inviting if the keyboard had been used more and brighter. The lyrics disclose an odd theme, the story of an old man tortured by his regrets subsequent to murdering his wife and child years before... I can't imagine what determined these Finns to outline such a psychopathic theme, but I know this album is one trying to get over the average of those mixing Norse Black Metal with various melodic elements! Or, to put it another way, it is a timid OPETH entering Black Metal dimension!