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Review: Forefather - Ours Is The Kingdom
Ours Is The Kingdom

Label: Karmageddon Media
Year released: 2004
Duration: 60:34
Tracks: 12
Genre: Viking Metal


Review online: February 20, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3.56/5 (71.11%) (18 Votes)

It was thought possible that this would be the last Forefather album, as Aethelstan and Wulfstan were devoting their time to the far-inferior Folkearth, and had declared Forefather on an indefinite hiatus. Thankfully, as Steadfast proves, this was not the end of the Anglo-Saxon saga of Forefather. Here on their fifth album, they assembled their folk-powered Black Metal-style riffing into their best album to date.

Ours Is The Kingdom stands even or just above previous Forefather works as Engla Tocyme or The Fighting Man. The songwriting is strong throughout, the production is solid, and the chanted vocals are catchy. As always on their older works, the riffs are stronger than the vocal melodies, and the guitars are the real reason to listen to this. Still, with the clean-sung vocal lines and the fast, BM riffs Forefather create a unique and signature sound. As always, the brothers remain defiantly and unrelentingly pagan, and the album title is a defiant contradiction of Xtian doctrine. Albu strong points include the title track, "The Golden Dragon", and the anthemic "Keep Marching On", but really, consistency is one of the good things about Forefather, and they rarely have filler tracks. Original and engaging Pagan Metal.

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