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Review: Forlorn Path - Man's Last Portrait
Forlorn Path
Man's Last Portrait

Label: Independent
Year released: 2013
Duration: 1:03:16
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 4/5

Review online: July 31, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Man's Last Portrait

Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)

After listening to Man's Last Portrait, I would never have guessed Forlorn Path were from the United States. This is cold, forsaken Scandinavian Black/Death Metal through and through. The guitars strike an excellent balance between melancholy acoustics (aided by piano and keyboards) and violent riffs and stabbing tremolo picking. The Black and Death vocals are also highly complementary and their tortured utterances chill to the bone. Man's Last Portrait is full of somber atmosphere and is almost Doom in spots. There aren't any standout tracks but no weakling either so the album cascades in a violent mix of anguish and melody for its entire 63-minute duration.

It's nice to see an American band step up alongside their European peers and hold their own. Man's Last Portrait isn't breaking new ground but it is as well done a Black/Death album as I've heard in a few years. A promising debut, indeed.

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