All this "new wave of American metal" stuff (as GOD FORBID's label people like to term it) is kind of the musical equivalent of a sneering tough guy discovering his feminine side. Alongside SHADOWS FALL and a few other notables, GOD FORBID have widened the remit to embellish unrelenting HATEBREED-style pit violence sounds with the layered melodic attributes of, say, MEGADETH.Only a few years ago, they would've been laughed out of town for peeling off solos and harmonies with such poise — but kick us where it hurts if "Gone Forever" doesn't work like an album of this ilk hasn't worked before. It's often a tall order to blend ultra-heavy techniques such as Corey Pierce's hammering double-bass drums with Byron Davis's almost crooning throat approach on "Better Days" and ensure that is doesn't come across as disjointed or patchy — but it all seems to sit pretty in there. And the same also applies to "Soul Engraved", which momentarily takes a chill pill on the snarling guitar front, before ramping it up again back to cinder-block heaviness. Rather inevitably, as a trade-off for the sterling effort they put in elsewhere, when they do back off on the histrionics for the more conventional thrash workout of the title track, it almost sounds like half a band. And of course, consistency tends to be something of a hot potato with this genre… But, as previously noted, "Gone Forever" works more often than not. They're a far less generic proposition than the aforementioned SHADOWS FALL, and with producer Colin Richardson going through something of an inspired renaissance at the mix desk, they may be destined to become the new crossover kings.
To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appears next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).