|Review: Sear Bliss - Forsaken Symphony|
Label: Red Stream
Year released: 2002
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: July 31, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Marvelous fourth album by the iconoclastic Sear Bliss. This band has been Hungary's best-kept secret for better than a decade, and after much hunting I finally turned up a real copy of their 2002 epic Forsaken Symphony. Heading into a harder, darker direction than the previous Grand Destiny, Sear Bliss produced what is by far my favorite of their albums, and adduced by many to be their best one.
Sear Bliss take an epic, moody Black Metal sound and add keys and sometimes genuine wood instruments to create a sound that is unique, but not excessively avant-garde. This album is filled with long songs, powerful riffs, and enough atmosphere to crush your lungs. On standouts like "My Journey To The Stars", "The Vanishing" and "The Forsaken" this band achieves the feat of being evocative, emotional, and vicious all at once. The visceral guitar tone is just the capper on the inventive and involving riffs this album is loaded with.
Any fan of Black or Pagan Metal should absolutely not miss this, as it is an underground gem of real Black Metal, and shows what kinds of power the genre is capable of when practiced by those who care about what they do. Highly Recommended.
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