Forefather are a band from the United Kingdom that has been featured before in this zine and plays a musical style they themselves call 'Anglo Saxon Metal" and this is a review of their 1999 album "Deep Into Time" which was re-issued in 2014 by Heidens Hart Records.
Nature sounds start off the album along with some keyboards in the background which also adds more of a medieval feeling to the recording and you can also hear some sampled spoken word parts after a few seconds and after the intro the music goes more into a fast, raw and melodic black metal direction along with some blast beats and grim screams.
Melodic clean singing can be heard quite a bit throughout the recording and they also add in more elements of pagan and viking metal when they are utilized and after awhile the band starts using a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and as the album progresses the music starts getting a lot more atmospheric.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and the songs that are on this recording are the most black metal influenced material that the band has ever released to date and some of the later tracks start having more of a ritualistic feeling when melodic chants are added the music and the band also brings in small amounts of melodic guitar leads at times and the keyboards from the intro are also utilized again on some of the later tracks and one of the 2 bonus songs displays more in a traditional folk music direction before closing the album with more of a black metal style
Forefather had more of a raw approach to pagan metal on this recording bringing in more of a black metal influenced sound than what was to come on later recordings, the production sound s very professional while the lyrics cover Anglo Saxon Paganism and Mythology.
In my opinion this was a great sounding album from Forefather and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Natural Chaos" "Visions Of Elders' and "Ancient Voice". 8 out of 10.