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Forsaken : Iconoclast

With the doom scene being its inventive self as usual, this mini CD shouldn't come as a shock to me. Yet it did. Between previously playing classic traditional doom with the typical rock influences, to the music in this album, there is a vast array of changes done.

Growls? On a traditional doom release? I could hardly believe it myself, but there are actually a few times that one can experience growls on this CD. The clean vocals still dominate on 'Iconoclast', but they differ much from the ones in 'Evermore'. They have matured into a much more modern aspect of, amongst others, vocals that are half soprano and half epic. Even female vocals sneak into the mix on a few occasions.

The music has changed at least as much as the vocals. On 'Evermore' there was a very classic sound with touches of epic traditional doom. Now the music has grown far more epic than most epic doom bands. A few gothic influences like the touches of piano here and there, and a keyboard in the background, increase the grandness of the sound even more. Honestly, the aura of epicness in the track 'Via Crusis (The Way Of The Cross)' is actually so high that quite a few Stratovarius soundalikes must bow deeply for them.

The pace of the songs went up as well. There is still a lot of doom left in the music, but very often it borders to heavy metal. Sometimes even crossing over. The solos are even more impressive than before. Air guitar perfect, if one could explain it that way.

The main link back to 'Evermore' are actually the riffs. Although the riffage is now shrouded in synths and epic curtains, it is still not all that far from the same. They lack the rock feeling, but are otherwise very much of what we have heard before from Forsaken. They have clearly not forgotten their roots of Black Sabbath style music, but here the sound lies much closer to Solitude Aeturnus. I wonder if this mCD is actually an experiment of sorts. With all the new elements and innovative musical designs it could seem that way. Perhaps they are trying to settle in a musical identity of their own? I have to get hold of 'Anima Mundi', their next album, and find out.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Where Angels Have Fallen
2. Via Crusis (The Way Of The Cross)
3. A Martyr's Prayer
4. Wither The Hour

Duration : Approx. 34 minutes

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Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
No God Only Pain
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