Forefather - Engla Tocyme

Posted on Sunday, April 03, 2011

England’s Forefather has evolved quite a bit since their debut album, Deep Into Time. They started as a raw, treble overloaded clone of what Satyricon was doing back in the early ‘90s with a strong Anglo-Saxon leaning in their lyrics. Now, they most resemble what Falkenbach would be if they ditched the grim vocals entirely and went for a clean “Viking” style instead. The music doesn’t much resemble any of the Celtic or Folk Metal bands very much this time around, and though I think the usage of such sounds on an album like this would have helped it in terms of overall presentation, it doesn’t hurt that they’re leaving it out. Face it, there is nothing like incorporating your own country’s native music when getting nationalistic. Even without it, Forefather packs a lot of atmosphere in their music. This album is full of catchy hooks and memorable moments that get you banging your head and since all of the vocals are understandable, you can sing along with the enclosed lyrics. I’ve been a fan of this band from the beginning and they continue to impress me. What surprises me about them is the fact that so few people actually know their music.

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