Fornicus are a band from Kentucky that plays a very fast and heavy form of black metal with elements of death and thrash metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Storming Heaven".
A very dark and evil sounding intro starts off the album along with some spoken word samples which gives the music a ritualistic feeling before going into a more old school black metal direction along with some grim screams and you can also hear a great amount of thrash influences in the bands musical style.
Deep demonic growls can be heard in certain sections of the recording and the solos and leads the band uses are in more of an old school death metal direction while you can also hear a decent amount of the more melodic side of black metal at times and the band also adds in a decent amount of fast playing which utilizes tremolo picking along with some blast beats which also gives the music a more raw feeling.
As the album progresses the band really starts to find their sound taking the raw and melodic styles of black metal and combining them with death and thrash metal as well as using a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and they also have a technical feeling to them at time s when they bring in the death metal parts and the spoken word parts also return on one of the later tracks along with some fast and primal bass guitars and the band also does a cover of Sepultura's "Antichrist" before closing the album with 2 of their own original songs.
Fornicus creates a style of metal that takes both the old school and melodic satanic side of the black metal genre while also adding in a decent amount of death and thrash metal influences to create some truly heavy and unholy music, the production sounds very powerful for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism and Anti Christian themes.
In my opinion Fornicus are a very great sounding fast, melodic and aggressive black metal band with a thrash and death metal edge and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "We Are Sin" "Into Obscurity" and "Storming Heaven". 8 out of 10.