Forlorn - The Forlorn Hope.
Thanks to James (vocals/guitar) for the copy
of the CD. Five tracks are;
- Culture Shock. Brutal sludgy riff starts
the ball rolling before vicious, hate-filled, vocals pre-empt
a faster, bludgeoning death metal track. Tempo changes are
all effective and are handled proficiently. The closing fade
out is a nice touch.
- Law Of Hate. Carnage from the word go,
starts off ferociously, before the main body of the song slows
things down, but increases the neck-snapping nature of the
riffs. Closes with a furious blast-beating section which works
- Malevolent. Instrumental which contains
lots of soloing, much of which has a classic Obituary feel.
Slows down almost to doom speed at times, it's always entertaining.
A brave move, well executed.
- The Forlorn Hope. The title track and the
standout song on the EP. Brooding opening before all hell
breaks loose. Concussive opening riff. Well structured, this
track is an absolute cracker.
- In The Face Of Terror. Blistering finale.
Is that a bass solo I detected? Quality song to round things
Forlorn could easily be pigeon-holed as death
metal but that seems a bit simplistic as there are hardcore and
doom leanings here as well. There's far more soloing than you
usually hear in this type of metal which makes a pleasant change.
The slower sections have considerable menace and generate more
than ample power. The faster sections will certainly satisfy death
metal purists too. Write a full length that mixes things up as
well as this and you should have a winner on your hands fellas!