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Geography can be a pain in the behind sometimes. Forsaken comes from Malta, an island state in the Mediterranean. And as with almost all releases from the far off corners of the world, they have become really hard to get hold of. If they had lived in, for example, the US, then the availability of this album would most likely have been much better.

Another thing that seems to hold back the spreading of Forsaken's music, is the fact that there are two death metal acts with the same name. But fear not doom fans. This Forsaken doesn't have anything in common with death metal, except for the label "metal" of course.

On the contrary, Forsaken plays old school traditional doom, also called classic doom. Some of the songs contain rock elements much like Pentagram, or Black Sabbath, but others have more in common with the first offspring from the proto doomsters. Like Candlemass for example.

The music is stomping and lies firmly on the low notes. The powerful vocals and rising guitar solos give the whole album a truly epic feel. With this in mind, it could probably be safe to say that even though the music holds on firmly to the good old roots of doom, they still do put in a more modern outfit at times. And even though they do pay tribute to the bands who created this genre, they still manage to create music that is solely their own.

One of the main things that distinguish Forsaken from all the other old-school doomsters is the quality of their riffs. And not to mention their guitar solos. There is no good traditional doom that doesn’t encourage playing air guitar when listening to it. Or so I say. Each part of the music fits in perfectly and manages not only to sound really interesting, but also to captivate the listener. If anyone asks me, then I would say that if they are allowed to do so, Forsaken will continue to hold the banners of classic doom on a high standard.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Healer
2. Rubicon
3. Moon Dancer
4. Season's End
5. Vertigo
6. Winter Tears
7. Sufferance
8. Madrigal
9. Slip Stream

Duration : Approx. 68 minutes

Visit the Forsaken bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
Aesthetic Death
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