|Review: Dark Forest - Dark Forest|
Label: Eyes Like Snow
Year released: 2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: March 20, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 4/5 (80%) (8 Votes)
This is Dark Forest's debut on Eyes Like Snow. The band was formed a few years ago by guitar player/vocalist Christian Horton. I was lured into thinking this was either a Folk or Black Metal act. Alas, that is not really the case.
These guys were inspired by bands like Deep Purple, Iron Maiden and the likes. So this is pretty far from my usual playground, and much more into the mainstream / Heavy Metal territory. The music on this disc is not that bad actually, but generic and a bit amateur-ish. The best part on this release is the guitar work. Then comes an average rhythm section. Finally, and this is where things turn sour, the bad vocals. For one thing, I can't stand those high pitches, and there are a couple occasions where the singer ventures into that field. Those vocals are perhaps appropriate in High School Musical or in Canadian/American Idol, but not in metal. In general though, it is a boring, toneless and mainstream voice that you'll hear. Generic Heavy Metal with some catchy parts, and lots of guitar solos is what Dark Forest has to offer. At least this disc has also its moments; besides the good guitar playing, acoustic guitars and a bit of an epic edge can be detected. You can find these elements in songs like "Hollow Hills", "The Wrekin Giant" and "Dark Forest".
This band not only sounds average, but they also lack originality in style, as well as for their song subjects. To sum up Dark Forest: good guitar, average music and bad vocals.
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