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Released: 2014, Negative Earth Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
FORNICUS hail from Kentucky and Glasgow, offering a very Death Metal-influenced take on Black Metal that may remind some of SATYRICON, IMMORTAL's later releases and CARCASS during their Heartwork. Their debut album Storming Heaven is composed of 6 original songs and a cover of SEPULTURA's "Antichrist", presented with a decent production job in which guitars and vocals take center stage, while the bass is buried beneath it all. There are uses of movie samples from classic horror films such as "The Omen" and "Alucarda" to enhance the blasphemous mood of the album.
Listeners will notice that FORNICUS like to, leave room for lots of mid tempo sections in which the band showcases their more Heavy and Thrash Metal influences. While there are blast beats featured on most of the songs accompanied some pretty nice guitar melodies, the songs are not reduced to endless blasting. In fact, their version of "Antichrist" sounds a bit more controlled than the SEPULTURA original, using a more conservative blast beat than the Brazilian thrasher's grinding drum pattern. "Pallum Mali" is a mid tempo Heavy Metal sounding track with a Black Metal coating due to the vocals and some open chords sections. The title track begins with a mid tempo rhythm On the other hand, "King of the Egoists" is a fast-as-hell song in which the band enters Teutonic Thrash terroritory.
While FORNICUS do not go into new, uncharted territories in Storming Heaven, they do infuse their songs with enough variety to keep listeners hooked. The band integrates a lot of different influences into their music, and these can be further explored by the band in future releases. While not terribly original, FORNICUS music is not ripped off senselessly from other bands, as they demonstrate to have some very good ideas of their own. It's just that further exploration of these ideas is needed for the band to truly have a sound of their own. I feel this could very well happen in future records judging from what they have achieved in Storming Heaven.
1. The Pledge (Intro)
2. We Are Sin
3. Pallium Mali
4. King of the Egoists
5. Into Obscurity
6. Thirst for God
7. Antichrist (Sepultura cover)
8. Storming Heaven
9. The Beckoning
Chris Carver Bass
David Snow Drums
Kelly McCoy Guitars (lead)
Scott Briggs Guitars, Vocals
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