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Review: Forsaken - After the Fall
After the Fall

Label: I Hate Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 56:20
Tracks: 9
Genre: Doom Metal


Review online: May 22, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3.38/5 (67.69%) (13 Votes)

I really liked this band's last album, the very cool Dominaeon from 2005 (holy shit, 2005?) and so I was pleased to get a promo of their new opus. They had grown into a real Doom colossus since their early days, and I was looking forward to this ruling the world. It doesn't do that, but it is a solid album anyway.

No surprises here, as this is the same groovy Doom-beast style Forsaken have always played. The guitar tone is really sharp and has a lot of meat on it, and the lead tone is killer. Leo Stivala sounds good on the vocals, and some of the solos are really choice. I really like this album, and as a flat-out old-school Doom feast this album succeeds admirably. If it has a failing, it's that it is not as hooky or memorable as Dominaeon. This album is through and through packed with cool Doom riffs and analog heaviness, but it never quite reaches the heights of its predecessor. Fans of this band, or of Trad Doom in general will be pleased, but on After The Fall Forsaken have not taken anything like the leap they made on their last one. A rock-solid album, but not a brilliant one.

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