|Review: Grave Forsaken - Reap What You Sow|
|Reap What You Sow|
Label: Soundmass Records
Year released: 2012
Review online: March 23, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:Reap What You Sow
Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)
Grave Forsaken, from Australia, have already got some history behind them. The band has recorded six full-length albums, with Reap What You Sow being their fifth one from 2012.
Grave Forsaken could be considered a Christian Metal band that plays a kind of interesting mixture of both Thrash and Heavy Metal, with the main emphasis being on Thrash. They have a pretty strong DIY-feel on this record, sounding more of an unpolished and raw underground act than an overly polished Metal band. They have incorporated enough twists and turns into their Thrash to stir up people's interest toward them. The guys seemingly enjoy playing it raw and loud, without any gimmicks, which is always cool in my book. Grave Forsaken's vocalist, Vaughan, tends to remind me of Tim Baker of Cirith Ungol with his raspy vocal delivery, which is another cool thing about this band. Many of their songs are nicely executed, but, for example, the song "End of Days" is, simply said, a sloppy number, not going anywhere really and ending up sounding just tedious. "Kill Your Idols", however, starts up with some nice Maiden-esque twin guitar melodies, then turns into a true pounding Heavy Metal anthem that is meant to shred your corpse harder than what some ancient Roman soldiers did to Christ's holy flesh during the ancient times. "Coming Home" on the other hand is probably no less than the record's standout track, with its chunky and meaty riffs, spiced with some occasional vocal parts that could well have been borrowed from a Black Metal band. The last song, "Master of the World", is a 100% bullet-proof Thrash song, heavy as hell with some powerful gang shouted vocal parts.
Many metal heads often tend to avoid any Christ-preaching people, but then again, we should all remember it's the music that should matter – and that only – right? God Forsaken was at least worth my time, and perhaps they can be worth yours too.
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