The damn near closest thing to a perfect debut album.
Those of you who know me, might be aware that I love my music, with Metal sitting in the top position and Metalcore being the favourite sub genre at the moment.
But as you may also know I love most things Italian. So what happens when these two things combine? We’ve already seen one case of this with Sharks In Your Mouth and their amazing debut album Promises, now to prove that wasn’t a one off for the country that gave us pasta, pizza and awesomesauce way of life, (aperitivo anyone?) I now present to you Forbidden Seasons’ Promise.
Promise is pure Metalcore at its finest, and album opener ‘Atlantis’ proves this like nothing else on the record and causes a sensation of awesomesauceness that continues the whole way through.
‘Keys and Locks’ is a massive standout for me, the song just oozes aggression and gets the blood pumping amazingly, every time I hear this I can’t help to move, either headbang, a bit of moshing or even air guitar, I can’t stand still; maybe not ideal when in a library.
‘Wormhole’ is the current single the band is heavily promoting and I can see why, easily one of the best tunes off a great album and has an eerie and sinister feel to it, all that from just over a 3 minute run time; amazing in my books.
Rounding off my top picks has to be album closer and title track ‘Promise’, it starts and finishes with sound bites that speak a loud message and what is in between is pure gold, not as hard as the rest of the record but still as powerful. Be warned though, this tune isn’t for the faithful.
Promise by Forbidden Seasons doesn’t reinvent Metalcore as a genre, but in my humble opinion has perfected it. Which is not bad for an Italian band’s first album and sung in a foreign tongue (the whole album is in English).
Since the release, the group has parted ways with lead singer Mark but I see Forbidden Seasons taking this in their stride and moving forward with renewed vigour, their social media pages are a testimony to that. Hopefully this happens soon as I’d love to hear how they follow this brilliant debut record up.