Though I enjoy both old school and modern incarnations of metal, more often that not, I find myself unable to enjoy a record because of it’s modern nature. Case in point is the new Forgotten Horror release, ‘Aeon of the Shadow Goddess’. These Finns play a blackened form of modern death metal with frills of keyboards and melodies. And it is these frills that stop me from wholly enjoying this album.
The sound on this record brings to mind some of the works of bands like Dimmu Borgir. The music is grand with symphonic and gothic overtones. The guitar work lays emphasis on melodic riffs. The atmosphere on this record has a rich gothic vibe thanks to the use of female chants in the background. The melody carries a middle eastern vibe to it. To all this they add a blackened tone to add a little sinister touch to the music.
While all this is enjoyable, when you take away the frill and concentrate on the music alone, it certainly leaves a lot to be desired. The death metal part of this record sounds way too familiar for its own good. The melodic and almost NWOBHM sounding guitar work steals away the much needed brutality from the music.
I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy any part of this record. There are certain moments in tracks like ‘…Of Man’s First Rebellion’ and ‘Her Crescent Horn’ where the music finds the balance between the heaviness and the melodic flourishes to create a few wonderful moments. Another fact that hinders the record from being consistently enjoyable is the production. If it had sounded more raw and much more heavier, it would have fared better.
There is definitely more scope in song writing and the band should really find a unique identity. For now though, Forgotten Horror is one to be easily forgotten.