Released: 2004, Olympic Recordings
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
The Gothenburg sound is alive and well right here in North America. Chicago’s Enforsaken mix COLONY-era In Flames and At The Gates with traditional American metal to create a listening experience like no other. The melodic death vocals coupled with searing solos and catchy dual guitar riffs put THE FOREVER ENDEAVOR atop my list of “ones to watch” in 2004.
“Dead Night Dead Light” is the standout track on the CD, with furious double bass from David Swanson and an excellent vocal from Steven Sagala. The riffs will stick in your head for awhile as this is a well-crafted song. “The Acting Parts” is the most reminiscent of In Flames’ sound with the twin guitar attack and clean vocal choruses. “All or Nothing” retains the clean vocal style during the choruses, as well. “Poison Me” is a good thrasher with a slower middle section and an amazing solo. More thrash can be found on the first track, “Tales of Bitterness” at around the 3:26 mark.
If you question the interest this band has garnered even among its peers, Dark Tranquillity’s Niklas Sundin did the cover, Shadows Fall guitarist Matt Bachand got them their break by signing them to his label for their 2000 EP, EMBRACED IN MISERY and James Murphy (Obituary, Testament, Death) mastered THE FOREVER ENDEAVOR and even did the solo on “All For Nothing.” With support like this, Enforsaken has some pretty solid references!
It’s nice to see a band so brazenly wearing their metal influences on their sleeves. Most groups would shun any comparisons to In Flames based on their latest efforts, but Enforsaken embrace the qualities that we once loved about the band and has brought it back, American-style. If In Flames is out there somewhere, listen to THE FOREVER ENDEAVOR and remember how great you once sounded.
KILLER KUTS: “Dead Night Dead Light,” “Poison Me,” “The Acting Parts”