Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Forefather/Steadfast/Heidens Hart Records/2013 CD Re-Issue Review

 Forefather are  a  band  from  the United  Kingdom that  has   been   featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  they  call Anglo  Saxon Metal  which  mixes viking,  pagan  and  black  metal  together  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2008  album  'Steadfast"  which  was  re-issued  by  Heidens  Hart   Records.

  "Brunanburh"  begins with  fast  and  melodic  pagan  metal  guitar  riffs  and  drums  which  lead  to  some  black  metal  style  screams  and  some  melodic  viking  metal  vocals  and  then switching back  and  forth  from  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well as  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  briefly  and  towards  the  end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  "Cween  Of  The  Mark"  begins  with  some  melodic  guitar  riffs  and  drums  which  lead  to some  black  metal  screams  and  after  awhile  melodic  guitar  leads  start  coming  in  and  out  of  the  song  and  as  the  song  moves  on  it  gets  more  melodic.

  "Theodish  Belief" begins  with  some  traditional  metal  guitar  riffs  and  drums  along  with  some  melody  that  kicks  in  a  few  seconds  later  and  sets  up   the  mood  for  the  black  metal  vocals  to  make  their  way  into  the  song  and  as  the  song  moves  on  there  are  some  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  that  start  coming  on  and  out  before  the  pagan  metal  guitar  leads  start  becoming  a  part of  the  song.

  "Hallowed  Hills"  begins  with  some  fast,  heavy  and  melodic guitar  riffs  along  with  some drums  and  after  a  few  seconds  clean  singing  vocals  make  their  way  into  the  song  along  with  the  music  going  into  a  slower  direction  shortly  after  that  and  then  getting  fast  and  adding  in  some  melodic guitar  leads  that  come  in  and  out  of  the  song  as well  as  switching  back  and  forth  between slow  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  the  bass  guitars  getting  alot more powerful  in  certain  sections.

  "Steadfast"  begins  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  mid  paced  guitar  riffs  and  drums  which  lead  to  the  black  metal  vocals  and  bass  guitars to kick  in  as  well  as  some  guitar  leads  that  come  in  and  out of  the  song  and  after  awhile  the  music  slows  down  and  clean  singing  is  added  to  the  song  and  then  the  song  starts  switching  back  and  forth  from  slow  and  mid  paced  parts.

  "Three  Great  Ships"  begins  with  some  fast,  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  and  drums  which  lead  to  some  black  metal   style  vocals  and  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  clean  singing  makes  its  way  into  the  song  while also coming  around  the  heavier  vocals  and  adding  in  some  melodic  guitar  leads  that  come  in  and  out  of  the  song,  as  the  song  moves  on  it  goes  into  a  slower  direction  for  awhile before  reverting  back  to  its  fast  roots.

  "Eostre"  begins  with  some  clean  guitar  playing  and  heavy  bass  guitars  which  then  evolve  into  melodic guitar  riffs  and drums  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  this  song  is  all  instrumental  with  no vocals.

  "Fire  From  The  Sky"  begins  with  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  and  then  goes  into  a  mid  paced  and  melodic  direction  which  leads  to  the  black  metal vocals  kicking  in  along  with  some  clean  singing  and  guitar  leads  that  come  in  and  out  of  the  song  and  then  the  song  starts  switching  back  and  forth  between  slow  and  mid  paced  parts.

  "Mellowing  Of  The Mains"  begins  with  some  acoustic  guitars  that  utilize  full  chords  which  lead  to  some  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  and  after  awhile  the  black  metal vocals  start kicking  in  and after  a  few  minutes  there  is  a  brief  use  of  melodic guitar  leads  before  going  into  a  cleaner  direction with  the  rhythm  and  bass  guitars  and  then  getting  heavy and  melodic again.

  "Wolfheads Tree'  starts of with some  fast and  melodic  black  metal  style  riffs  and   drums  which lead  to  the  screams   to  kick  in  and after awhile  the  song  slows  down  and  brings  in  some  clean  singing  vocals  along  with some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  powerful  bass  guitars  and  towards the  end  the music  gets  fast  again  and  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  and  slowing  down  before  the  end.

  Miri  it  is"  begins  with some clean  singing  and  melodic guitar  leads  which  lead  to some  drums  and  power  chord  guitar riffs while also  keeping  the leads  around  and  as  the  song  moves on  it gets  heavier  and  you  can hear  some  bass  guitars.

  Song lyrics cover  Anglo  Saxon  Paganism  and  History,  while  the production  has a very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional sound.

  In my opinion this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Forefather  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  pagan/viking/black  metal,  you  should   check  out  this recording. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Cween Of  The  Mark"  "Steadfast" "Fire  From  The  Sky"  and  "Wolfheads Tree".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.



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