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CD SHARED ENMITY FORSAKEN AND FORGOTTEN REVIEW

SHARED ENMITY

FORSAKEN AND FORGOTTEN

2013

 

 

THE FINEST MELODIC DEATH METAL?

 

 

This is a big sound. Opening track ‘We are the Forsaken, we are the Forgotten’ is a big brooding beast built around a repetitive refrain that rises and falls. It’s the sort of introduction that sets up expectations of sheer power and aggression that comes even before the opening scream of “This is Federal” that follows.  

 

If you can’t live without kick drums and guttural growls and screams then ‘Shared Enmity’ has all that but build it on a Melodic Death Metal foundation. This is Melododeath; and ‘Shared Enmity’ probably one of the finest examples out there.

 

It’s not all sheer force and bludgeoning power though and that’s probably why a Death Metal band finally managed to catch my ear: this is a band that can create atmosphere, as well as varying shades of black and the sound is assisted by some very solid guitar work.

 

"Sadness in Summer Rain" sounds like a lovely title, it’s not: it’s hard, heavy and aggressive but it’s also about the best track here along with the brutal "It Only Hurts in December" and "Prophecies and Pain". To add texture there’s also a ballad… no really… "And Life Was Great" has discernible jangling guitars in the intro and slower more carefully formed growls and even a portion of spoken word recitation. Best Melodic Death metal I’m likely to hear all year.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD SHARED ENMITY FORSAKEN AND FORGOTTEN REVIEW 2013