Released: 2003, Transmission
There are times, and it is rare, when quality of the entire package helps boost the band credibility. What I mean is that upon finally getting a chance to hear After Forever I was disappointed. Frankly, I feel they are over-rated. It is an extremely competitive sub-genre and they are an average band to my ears. There are so many bands of this style it is hard to stand out. My gut reaction was a 2.5 out of 5. However, this is a pretty damn impressive package and so accordingly, praise is where praise is deserved, they get a better grade.
This MCD has a couple of cover tunes, one by a guy called Randy Crawford. I’ve never heard of him before. Their version of the Maiden tune is very well done, better than a straight copy and cool to hear it delivered with a female voice.
This introductory EP comes with a long essay, gorgeous layout and design, great photos, lyrics, credits and a bonus DVD, This is the way all MCD’s should be done! This is a good way to introduce the band to new fans, an excellent visual and audio representation of what they offer.
What they do offer musically is progressive-tinged, gothic tinged, melodic metal. It’s not really heavy or fast not is it too gloomy or dark. It is as if they are struggling to find that sweet spot. Not as poppy as Lullacry, not as symphonic as Nightwish, not as dark as Lacuna Coil.. After Forever seem to sit in no-mans land. Does mean they are inferior? Not at all! The quality is top-notch…great production, performances, decent and innovative lyrics...everything is in place. My hesitation must stem from the song-writing because upon sober reflection this MCD is flawless in many respects, but it doesn’t grab me. This is a strong sign that I need to hear more of the band to fully analyze their musical qualities. I might recommend trying one of the bands full-length CD’s first. Yes EXORDIUM gives a good overview of their styles, (a ballad, a fast one, a progressive one, an instrumental and two cover tunes) but it seems to be moreof a collectors piece for long-time fans.