FORSAKEN - After The Fall (12" Gatefold DOUBLE LP)
Malta | Doom
Doom metal band Forsaken has remained one of the most consistent and long-standing bands in Malta's metal scene. Formed in 1990, the acclaimed first demo was released in 1991 and led to a great deal of interest in the band and the release of a 7" entitled "Virtues of Sanctity" by French independent label Arkham Productions two years later. After concentrating on and perfecting their live show for a couple of years the band signed to Maltese record label Storm Records and released their debut album "Evermore" in 1997, a more traditional heavy metal oriented record. After a couple of years of tribulations the band regrouped and decided on returning to the epic doom metal sound for which they are most recognized. They recorded and released their second demo simply titled "Demo 2002" and were promptly signed by Scottish Golden Lake Productions which led to the subsequent releases of an MCD, "Iconoclast" (2002), a second album called "Anima Mundi" (2004) and a third full-length, "Dominaeon" (2005). Golden Lake also re-released "Evermore" in 2005.
After the Fall is thus Forsaken's fourth opus released by I HATE and is utterly grandiose, heartfelt and compelling epic doom. The masterful, dynamic musical density together with the religious and deeply allegorical lyrics, dealing with Christian doctrines, combine into a very sacrosanct nature. Not that this album treads lightly on the floor of the Temple of Doom. Nay, it's heavier than a thousand old Bibles and the 15th century printing press with which they were made; burdening the shoulders of all men, the penitent and the defiant sinners alike. How can that leave any true doom enthusiast disappointed? It comes perfectly packaged, topped off with the beautiful cover artwork made by Jowita Kaminska