|Review: Pale Forest - Exit Mould|
Label: Listenable Records
Year released: 2002
Genre: Gothic Metal
Review online: March 8, 2002
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Rated 2.67/5 (53.33%) (3 Votes)
Pale Forest is a band hailing from Norway and although they have had 3 other releases (2 full-length and a mini CD) this is the first I had heard of them. Not being able to make any comparisons to other releases I can't say if this is any better or any worse than any of their other albums so I will just go by my reaction to this one.
The band is billed as something that fans of The Gathering and Lacuna Coil would be interested in and I would tend to agree with that. The music is definitely in the same vein and the songs never do really get above a mid tempo at best. The most striking thing about the band however is the vocals. It is not that they are female since this is no longer a surprise in metal and certainly no surprise in this genre. The vocals really stood out to me simply for the fact of their tone. The tone is so sweet and innocent sounding that it will either really draw you in or make you sick. For me it was the former so I gave it a decent rating :) I would just really like a few up tempo songs here and there to balance out the album more but that is something in my personal preference but all the slow tempo stuff really starts to blend together after a while (Same problem I have with ultra brutal death metal lol).
Overall a decent album that will really appeal to fans of the afore-mentioned bands of The Gathering and Lacuna Coil.
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