|Review: Epping Forest - Everblasting Struggle|
Label: Unexploded Records
Year released: 2007
Review online: February 5, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)
Epping Forest formed 10 years ago already, and Everblasting Forest is their first full length, preceded only by a demo and a couple of live DVDs. This album here almost sounds like it could have been released a year or two after they formed, since it is a sound that was quite popular (to the point of saturation) at the time - one could argue that now is a better time to release this, as there aren't nearly as many albums in the same style being released nowadays. The music is prominently Black Metal, rather fast paced and blasting away for the most part, with the obligatory BM screeches type of vocals. The vocalist does a great job overall, literally spitting the lyrics away and matching the music's violent and spiteful feel very well. There are a few Death Metal elements popping up here and there as well, but really just "accompanying" the domineering Black Metal sound. Keyboards are present and quite noticeable, not unlike early Emperor (meaning very audible but not overbearing). Fortunately they only play an accompanying role and don't get in the way too much, rather adding a little symphonic and even epic touch to the ensemble. A few quite intro/outro and other more or less ambient passages can also be heard - these are often annoying, but I guess Epping Forest have "the magic touch", for these not only fit perfectly here, but they're actually pretty good.
Overall, Everblasting Forest is an enjoyable slab of fast and violent Black/Death Metal that isn't "wimpified" by the heavy use of keyboards - a rare combination. Let's hope Epping Forest won't wait another 10 years to lay down another one of comparable or better quality!
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