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Review: Forbidden Messiah - No Hope Left
Forbidden Messiah
No Hope Left

Label: Independent
Year released: 2021
Duration: 22:06
Tracks: 7
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: February 16, 2021
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)

Forbidden Messiah is a band that I stumbled upon while just letting Spotify play in the background while cleaning up WAY too many portable hard drives and flash drives. I am an atheist, but I am convinced that if there is a hell, you will be trying to sort through endless amounts of crap on hard drives that you can't remember why you saved in the first place. I heard the song "No Hope Left" and it broke through the quicksand of endless filenames with a thrash metal life preserver. From there I simply had to find out more about this band.

Turns out finding out more about the band was not as easy as you would think. Encyclopedia Metallum had nothing, Bandcamp only had a metal version of the Christmas song "Carol of the Bells" (side note...listen to it, it is actually a lot better than you would I came across a Facebook page and was able to contact the band through there and also learned this debut album was actually coming out the following day.

The band hails from North Bay, Ontario and they have listed their influences as Metallica, Megadeth and Venom. This is pretty apt as you listen to the album as you definitely get that old-school thrash vibe with a little bit of that raw sound that you get from Venom. You can also hear more than a bit of punk influences coming in here or there as well (think more Exploited and less like Sex Pistols). The guitar work has some really nice and easily memorable riffs and solos. The drummer certainly understands what it means to build on a song and that sometimes groove is way more important than doing something flashy. The song "BloodMoon" is a perfect example of this. That groove he dips into at the 23-second mark of the song just fits it so incredibly well and just lets that guitar riff shine. The vocals to my ear sound like a cross between Billy Milano and Paul Di'Anno which I think fits the music very well with those flashes of that punk vibe while still staying squarely in that thrash metal vibe. I think the best thing I can say about the band is that they REALLY sound like they are having a good time. The song "Thrashers" is just a perfect example of this. I could easily see this being a crowd favorite at live shows.

About the only negative thing I can say about this album is that it's just too damn short. I could easily use another 20-25 minutes of this. That being said, I guess it's always best leaving your audience wanting more. Hopefully, we won't have to wait too long to hear more from these guys. The album will be available via digital download on Bandcamp as well as on all of the major streaming services, so you can try before you buy. The band has told me they hope to get some physical copies on CD at some point but when is still to be determined. In any case, there is no reason not to give this band a listen. Even if it isn't your thing, I am willing to bet you know someone who would love this. Highly Recommended.

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