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Forsaken Peddlers : Songs Of Fate And Freedom (Reissue)

This re-release of Forsaken Peddlers' 2014 debut serves justice to the old genre of Epic Doom/Doom Metal.

Forsaken Peddlers bring us four songs of epic nature. Crunching guitar sounds that are heavy and solid, with powerful vocals that shift between low and high frequencies. It may be not everyone's cup of tea because of the way the vocal melodies ride over the thunderous riffs, but I urge you to give 'Songs Of Fate And Freedom' a few spins - it's an album that grows on you the more you let it breathe through your pores.

'The Brave' starts it off, and is the shortest song on the album at around 9 minutes. As I said, it took me a few listens to adjust my old ears to the vocal style of Alexandre, as I'm not usually listening to this sort of full in your face vocal assault. Melody-wise they have enough variation throughout each song, and the bass and guitars together really give a large expansive feel to the production.

It's easy listening; whilst never breaking new ground, they serve justice to the old genre of Epic Doom/Doom metal. 'All Shall Fall' continues in the same vein. Alexandre belts out vocal rhythms throughout this 11 minute labyrinth. His vocal lines and melodies go beyond the riffs and sometimes even seem to not be on the same page.

This is a band worthy of a live scene. You can see it in the feel and building of music. Majestic in places, they mix up the pace of each song nicely and it's a good blend. I can hear many influences in the guitars from past and present bands. Candlemass come to mind.

Drums overall have a lovely sound. The snare is sharp but gives the music that feel of power and drive and Roland does not relent all the way through this album. There is a nice quiet part in 'Forsaken Peddlers' which changes the direction before clean strumming patterns take shape. Kind of reminds me of early Maiden in the flow of the singing and build-up.

'The Conqueror' is up last. Another solid track of riffs and a wall of heavy crushing sound. By the end of the album I'm convinced I will easily spin this a lot more times. The vocals will grow on me. It's not his voice at all, just the interchange between low and high I have to get used to it. Maybe too many years of listening to growls! I love the guitar work and the riffs are proper head banging material. The mix and overall mastering is really nice. The sound is heavy, clean and the distortion is perfect on the guitars. For a first album it's pretty good listening and hopefully the band will expand on what they have started on.

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Reviewer's rating: 7.5/10


Tracklist :
1. The Brave
2. All Shall Fall
3. Forsaken Peddlers
4. The Conqueror

Duration : Approx. 46 minutes

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Reviewed on 2017-06-04 by Riccardo Veronese
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