|Review: Forte Ruin - Forte Ruin|
Year released: 2015
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: September 3, 2015
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 2/5 (40%) (1 Vote)
Okay, so these guys merge the sounds of Soilwork, In Flames, Children Of Bodom, and Devin Townsend circa Accelerated Evolution. The band utilizes both harsh and clean vocals, the former very much of the yappy Alexi Laiho school and the latter have that sort of ethereal, post-metal/metalcore slant which is easy on the ears, but not too exciting.
I do think the band have some neat ideas, as well as their own sound which can be hard to establish at this early stage. They also have a classy approach to lead instruments, which at times gives me Japanese power metal vibes. It's cool to hear a bit more creativity in this style, instead of flashy scale runs we all know and expect from Finnish Melodic Death Metal bands. The songs themselves don't really gel with me on the whole, though, and I can honestly say there isn't really anything to pull me back for another listen.
If you're looking for something a little new or off the wall to add to your Melodic Death Metal collection, then Forte Ruin is the band for you. If you care little for the style, then this isn't going to change your mind. The band has the skills, and some cool ideas to boot ("Enter The Masquerade" shows this), but overall the songs aren't quite there yet to recommend any further.
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