United Kingdom's Forefather shows their earlier beginnings of their Anglo Saxon metal style which combined black and pagan metal together and this is a review of their 2000 album "The Fighting Man" which will be released on October 14th, 2015 by Heidens Hart Records.
A very hard and heavy sound starts off the album before speeding up and adding in more of a raw and melodic black metal style that also uses a great amount of blast beats and grim screams and they also mix in clean singing pagan vocals at times and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Melodic guitar leads can be heard quite a bit throughout the recording and when synths are utilized they bring a very epic atmosphere to the recording and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the music also adds a touch of melodic death and folk metal to some of the riffs and guitar leads and as the album progresses folk instruments and acoustic guitars can also be heard in certain sections of the recording briefly and they also bring in a track that is very long and epic in length.
Forefather created another recording that remained true to the Anglo Saxon metal sound of previous recordings and also brings in the perfect balance between melody and heaviness and also had a bit more rawness than their newer material, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Anglo Saxon and Norse paganism themes.
In my opinion this was another great sounding recording from Forefather and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A New Dawn" "The Call To Arms" "The Last Battle" and "The Lady's Gift". 8 out of 10.