Forlorn - Hearts To War EP
Thanks to James for the CD. Three tracks on offer;
- Living Death. Onslaught from the word go. Slows
down into a groove-laden riff which precedes tempo changes galore.
Vocals are of the standard barked variety but are surprisingly understandable.Snare
sound needs a bit of work, sounds very thin during the blasting sections.
Lots of aggressive and menacing riffing showcased on this track which
sweeps along in death/blackened thrash style. Solid opener.
Hearts To War. Slower start
with grinding riff. Main riff mutates as song develops, varying
between complexity and brutality with a seemingly continually changing
focal point. As only one guitarist is listed I am assuming the guitar
work has been overtracked, basswork gets a little neglected in the
overall mix unfortunately. Main solo is a belter and has an Obituary/Death
feel to it. Tempo changes are well handled and they generate a lot
of power during the slower sections.
Mindless. Bizarrely the opening
riff reminded me of Hendirx's "Crosstown Traffic"
for some reason, think it was probably the snare pattern. Quickly
returns to blackened thrash/death. Less complex than the preceding
tracks but more direct and driving, maintains a high level of viciousness
and intensity throughout.
Overall impressions? Very promising. Production
needs a tweak, snare gets lost at times and the phenomenal work of your
bass player does not come through. Otherwise this is solid stuff and
I look forward to hearing your next releases; be interesting to hear
how you maintain this intensity over an extended EP or even full length