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Forsaken : Anima Mundi

This year, 2004, has given us many good releases. But few are as original and inspiring as this one. From the old school traditional doom they used to play, Forsaken has evolved into a niche of their own. A niche that I honestly think suits them perfectly.

'Iconoclast' introduced far more epic music than their previous releases. It has now evolved further with epic keyboards, choirs and sometimes intensely majestic music. Although I hesitate to call this doom/power metal, there is indeed a massive influence from power metal in their music. The other major influence is a traditional doom based on modern heavy metal.

The vocalist really puts his powerful voice into action. He doesn't dominate the music, but he does bring an enormous contribution to the general atmosphere. The other band members aid him occasionally with death metal grunts or clear vocals. It is after all a proven fact that music does reach new levels of height when there are multiple singers.

With the immense epic sound that Forsaken incorporates into their doom riffage, it is hard to compare them to anyone. Solitude Aeturnus and Doomsword fans would definitely enjoy this, but the riffs opens the door for fans of Candlemass and Krux too. Only a few releases ever make the journey to becoming a classic. I think that this CD does stand the chance of making it. It will please fans of just about all doom. I have given my vote. Now all that is left is to await the verdict of the rest of the doom world.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Kindred Veil
2. Sephiroth
3. The Poet's Nightmare
4. Whispering Soul
5. The Eyes Of Prometheus
6. Carpe Diem
7. All Is Acomplished

Duration : Approx. 52 minutes

Visit the Forsaken bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
Hate Your Guts Records
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