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Review: God Forsaken - Dismal Gleams of Desolation
God Forsaken
Dismal Gleams of Desolation

Label: Independent
Year released: 2021
Originally released in: 1992
Duration: 38:48
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom/Death

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: March 27, 2021
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Readers Rating
Dismal Gleams of Desolation

Rated 4.71/5 (94.29%) (7 Votes)

God Forsaken were among the avalanche of Death Metal bands to come from Finland in the early '90s, but they never got any attention when compared to heavyweights like Convulse or Demigod. They broke up in 1996 after releasing two overlooked albums, reformed in the early 2000s and released a couple of EPs, but nobody gave those any notice and they split up once again. They've reformed yet again and released their first two albums on Bandcamp, with plans to do live shows and maybe even make a new album while they're at it. If this is anything to go by, then it'll be a crime against humanity if the third time isn't the charm, because the fact anyone slept on a band this good is disgraceful.

Having said that, I can understand why Dismal Gleams of Desolation didn't catch on at the time. It's not as heavy and dark as Convulse or Purtenance, it's not as technical as Demilich or Demigod, and it's not really the same kind of melodic as Sentenced or Amorphis. No, this is old-school Doom/Death, but not in that Asphyx/Autopsy sense, this is much more old-fashioned than that. God Forsaken took that mournful sense of melody that can only be called Finnish and tossed in a heavy dose of Sabbathine groove that's almost comparable to Cianide, only that's not fair because Cianide were never this good. There's still plenty of slow, moody Doom to go around, like on the gloomy opener "Loveless" and "Who Lives Will See", but the band really shines when they kick up the '70s swagger in their songwriting, like on the grooving title track and the awesome "The End of Eternity", whose opening licks would bring a tear to Iommi's eye. The rest of the band aren't slouches either, with some fine drumming and solid harsh vocals that complement the guitar work perfectly, all of which comes together to make a sound that even today is kind of novel.

There are plenty of unsung acts from the Finnish Death Metal scene that have been getting the attention they deserve over time, and if there's any justice in the world, God Forsaken will get theirs sooner than later. They seem to be working on new material, so time will tell if they still got it, but for now, do yourself a favor and give this lost classic your attention.

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Review: The Tide Has Turned (reviewed by Mjölnir)
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