Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Forlorn Chambers: Unborn and Hollow
Anyway, on to Forlorn Chambers. This is a very short, three-song EP, which is disappointing because there is some really intriguing stuff here. Forlorn Chambers is a death/doom metal band in the vein of Insomnium, a band I very much enjoy. The music is oftentimes incredibly solemn, and yet it retains an aggressive bite to it. The lead vocals in particular are delivered in a sharp and aggressive low-pitched growl.
The first track is a slower one with a lot of emotion behind the tremolo riffs and melodic guitar leads. The second track is a little faster, but it retains the melodic tremolo riffs. The backing vocals are clean and add a level of eeriness to the sound. The final track sounds a lot like the aforementioned Insomnium with a pained delivery and sense of mourning throughout much of the proceedings with the occasional much more hopeful moment, such as the buildup halfway through. It is fittingly titled "Desolate Resolution".
I really enjoyed this EP. I like a lot of the melodic death/doom metal bands and Forlorn Chambers definitely belongs in this group. Forlorn Chambers has a strong grasp on blending the solemness of doom metal with the aggression of death metal. This mix is particularly potent in the hands of this band.