The new LP released by the British formation Forged in Black shows how exciting and intriguing heavy metal music can be when the songs contain the right amount of creativity and inspiration. Descent of the Serpent, which is the second full-length record from the band, features, in fact, nothing more than the usual ingredients that we typically expect from an heavy metal album, and it has also a sound that is blatantly borrowed from legendary records like Dream Theater’s Awake. But everything is combined so well, and also accompanied by extremely engaging riffs and solos, that we are immediately captured by the music and forget all the rest.
Said in other words, so often we are looking for original and innovative songs and styles that sometimes we get surprised when we come across to an album which offers pure and simple heavy metal, but damn enjoyable to hear.
Pay attention, however, you don’t have to make the mistake of thinking that Descent of the Serpent is just a sequence of catchy riffs, nice solos and melodic choruses. Indeed, it’s impressive to see how every song of this record is absolutely rich of many details, intriguing musical ideas and nuances. Listening to the nine tracks of the album we clearly recognize how much passion and care has been dedicated by these five guys from Essex in perfecting and improving every single piece of their work. And the result is really good.
The band describes their sound as “fresh, melodic and powerful Heavy Metal where you can find classic elements from british bands like IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST or ANGEL WITCH“. I feel, however, that the riffs and the songs’ structures of Descent of the Serpent are enough articulated and powerful to appeal also to the fans of bands such as Symphony X, Royal Hunt, and the already mentioned Dream Theater .
I was positively impressed by this record, much beyond my initial expectations. My rating for the LP is 6.5/10, and my favourite songs are the first two pieces of the album (Seek No Evil and One in the Chamber) and the title-track Descent of the Serpent.
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