FORENSICK - THE PROPHECY (Pure Underground Records)
Heavy Metal is becoming more popular again since the dreadful nineties. Nowadays, bands performing and composing Traditional Heavy Metal are reaching high peaks. Same goes for this German band called Forensick. “The Prophecy”, being their second effort, was released on a sub division from Pure Steel Records, named Pure Underground Records. This label gives opportunities to young and new metal acts, which I can only encourage!
This release is surrounded with a special atmosphere. The cover with an Aztec corpse and step pyramid reminds me of two classic albums from Belgian 80s Metal band Crossfire, being "See You In Hell" & "Second Attack". The artist who created this painting also made some artwork for Manilla Road! I must say it definitely makes me think about 80's artwork.
The songs sound as old school as the album predicts. These guys listened a lot to Iron Maiden. Cool riffs with fast lead guitar work and up tempo drumming. I really enjoyed the songs. Singer Tobias Hübner has a melodic voice and uses many high pitches which fit the songs flawlessly. All of this combined, this quintet delivers powerful songs that deserve to be called Heavy Metal. Progressive fans will like this record too, as Queensryche singer Geoff Tate pops to mind. The dual axed riffs are complex, technical and progressive enough to please fans of different metal genres. This product being only the second release of these young gentleman, I must admit they sound adult and talented. Great work!
Final verdict: this high quality release deserves your attention as these fine young men prove to be true musicians. Compositions are great with and overall old school touch in the songs. The good production fits the music perfectly. I hope Forensick will continue being a great band and hopefully I can see them live somewhere. This album will stay in my record player for a little while!
My Points: 84 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish