|For the past 4 years Forsaken has been going through some hard times. But after many problems with labels, they are back on I Hate Records, a Swedish label of good taste if any exist. So, when it is time for me to put 'After The Fall' in my CD player, I can't help having a bit of an apprehension: can they do better than 'Dominaeon'? |
Let’s be clear right away: Forsaken totally knock out its challengers! 'After the Fall' is a fucking great HEAVY METAL ALBUM!
A riff as introduction to 'Aidenn Falls', and BANG! You get a big hit in the back of the skull! What's that joke? Did Leif Eidling write the song or what? And this incredible NWOBHM solo! Oh I can see Janick Gers, Dave Murray and Adrian Smith crying over there in the corner; this song is something incredible…unbeatable: A piece of UP TEMPO DOOM! Do you believe that? Well, you have to, because here you have a fucking tour de force!
Behind that first track, we go on across more familiar ground but the overwhelming mass of riffs and solos makes it amazing! Sean Vukovic must be the avatar of a guitar god, there’s no other way. Without any vain fireworks, without any technical demonstrations, he happens to quietly deliver some solos that force you to your knees. And he can also be inventive, like in the beautiful, bluesy arpeggios on 'Dies Irae (Day Of Wrath)'. I’ll sing the same praise to the rhythm section: it’s just like watching the Coliseum being built! And the voice! Damn! I thought Robert Lowe was the best vocalist of the genre, and here comes Leo Stivala, quite modestly, and suddenly he throws some lines that could be heard like "I’ll show you who is the Boss!". His voice is so impressive, tough and epic! What the hell are they on, these Maltese?? Then comes 'Vanguards Of The Void', listen to this thing, guys: it's like Black Sabbath playing Funeral Doom, I tell you.
Ok, let's stay calm, the album still clocks at 56 minutes, and, wait! At the 49th minute ... No, it can't be possible!... Well, yeah, it can, they’ve made it: Metatron and the Mibor Mythos, the most epic song of the album. A sheer masterpiece! 7 minutes which smash the face of Dragonforce, Rhapsody Of Fire, of all the stupid alcoholic Pagan bands, and yes even of Manowar ... I cannot find a more accurate definition to Metal, in the true sense of the term, than this very song. The word EPIC was created to decribe it. It is divine. Even the lyrics, most on the “joy” mode than the “sorrow” one, remain melancholic enough to deserve the label Doom.
I hope it's understood: 'After The Fall' is by far Forsaken's best album, Doom Metal of biblical proportions. What we've got here is simply one pure highlight for the decade we live in. Candlemass, Isole, and now Forsaken... Really, 2009 is the year of Epic Doom.
[edit by admin.: This review was originally written in French for the metal webzine Cryptic Madness, but has, with permission, been translated to English by Bertrand Marchal and Shawn Pelata.]
1. Tenebrarum (Intro)
2. Aidenn Falls
3. Sins of the Tempter
4. The Lord Sayeth
5. Vanguards of the Void
6. Armida's Kiss
7. The Sage
8. Dies Irae (Day of Wrath)
9. Metatron and the Mibor Mythos
Duration : Approx. 56 minutes.
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