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Beyond Redemption

The Forsaken

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Album Review

Almost a decade has passed since the Forsaken released their third album, Traces of the Past, and then seemingly threw in the towel: probably fed up with the Herculean challenge of standing out amid the countless melodic death metal bands crowding record store shelves at the time. Well, market conditions have certainly changed during their absence — particularly where fast-vanishing record stores are concerned — but, wouldn't you know, 2012's Beyond Redemption proves there was still something left unsaid by these Swedes, after all. Don't get too excited now: the Forsaken (and doesn't that moniker sound especially suitable in light of the above?) haven't abandoned their old sound and in fact bring almost nothing new to the table with this belated fourth release. If anything, their new material suffers from exactly the same dilemma as efforts past by delivering precisely what you'd expect of an efficient melodic death metal band and nothing less, but also nothing more. Token cuts like "Only Hell Remains," "No Dawn Awaits," and "Blessed with Wrath" inevitably balance regimented brutality with relatively traditional song arrangements and the odd fetching harmony or solo, but the only recurring strong impression felt as songs fly quickly by involves the band's undoubtedly eye-popping musicianship. Perhaps this is why the Forsaken are at their best when blasting away in unison at the most frantic of tempos, in which case the title track, "Foul Messianic Grace," and "As We Burn" would qualify as clear album highlights, by default. Not nearly "highlights" enough, though, for the band to get their hopes up about reaching a broader audience than they secured the first time around, as their middle-of-the-pack talents truly appear to be — forgive the bad pun — Beyond Redemption.

Customer Reviews

Buy it!!!

This is fanastic!

its alright

better then the craze these guys are not bad 5 stars

TRULY UNDERRATED

These guys are up there with Origin, Obscura, Psycroptic and Decapitated in terms of great technicality. How they are not well known beats the hell out of me! Take a few listens and you will see how awesome this band is.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Practitioners of the so-called Gothenburg sound (essentially, death metal heaviness paired with melody and catchy riffs), the Forsaken followed in the footsteps of Gothenburg pioneers like At the Gates, In Flames, and Dark Tranquility. The group originally formed in 1997 under the name Septic Breed, with a core membership of guitarists Patrik Persson and Stefan Holm, and drummer Nicke Grabowski. They recorded a demo titled Patterns of Delusive Design, but the lineup didn't finalize until afterwards,...
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Beyond Redemption, The Forsaken
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  • $6.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Jun 29, 2012

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