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Review: The Forsaken - Arts Of Desolation
The Forsaken
Arts Of Desolation

Label: Century Media
Year released: 2002
Duration: 49:01
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 4/5

Review online: June 20, 2002
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
Arts Of Desolation


I became familiar with this band with their debut release last year entitled "Manifest of Hate". I was told from a few people that they were a pretty kick-ass thrash band in the same vein as The Crown. After listening to the debut I was a more than a little impressed. Although they do share some similarities with The Crown I would have to say The Forsaken are more of a death metal band than a thrash band. This is all semantics since when you really get down to it both bands are pretty damn good.

The new album follows in the same footsteps as the debut with very heavy and generally fast music. There are however improvements. The songs seem a bit more focused and a little more varied. The area this album really improved the most in my opinion was in the guitar department. The guitars are very well done with excellent leads and some absolutely killer riffs all while retaining speed and heaviness. The vocals are no better or worse than any other band in this genre but I do have to mention that the vocals are more varied as well. It isn’t a straight death metal growl all the way through which adds a little extra depth.

Overall another excellent album from yet another Swedish band. I am starting to think you are issued a guitar whenever you go in to give birth to a child in that country. Just like most of the other Swedish bands out there this is another album well worth owning. Highly Recommended.

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