Reviewed: March 2001
Released: 2001, Century Media
Wow! I’m fucking drained. This debut CD from The Forsaken is one intense rush of a disc, punishing from beginning to end. The buzz on this band has been pretty intense, Century Media really getting behind these guys and giving them a great push. After listening to this CD, I can only conclude that the push is fully justified! The Forsaken is the newest in a long line of true Swedish death metal bands, and when I say “true” I mean it. No In Flames melodic power metal here, this is true death metal following the path of At The Gates, The Crown, and Dissection.
The band has been around since ’97 surviving a number of name/lineup changes (anyone remember Septic Breed?) to reach their current incarnation. Through all the turmoil, the band carried the albatross of all Swedish death metal bands – comparisons to their famous predecessors. Well, I’m happy to report that The Forsaken is no second-grade rip-off! Songs like “Daemon Breed” and “Soulshade” show that the band can be both technical and brutal in the same song, weaving crushing riffs together with throat-scraping vocals and the occasional melody line. Have no fear though; the melodies are definitely second to the band’s all-out death assault.
Every single song on this disc flies through heart-bursting soundscapes and therein lies the single problem with it. All of the songs sound a bit too much alike, a problem that I’m sure the band will clear up on future releases. Still, you can’t beat the adrenaline rush that a song like “Incinerate” will give you. Suffice it to say that The Forsaken are a proud addition to the Swedish death metal family, serving up an awesome debut CD, perfectly wrapped with a cool album cover, but what’s with putting the intro at track #6? Give these guys a chance – you won’t be disappointed!
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