The Forsaken - _Manifest of Hate_
(Century Media, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (
There is no doubt in my mind that The Forsaken's debut for Century Media will be in my Top 20 of 2001 come next year. This is such a punishing and brutal release, full of strong songwriting and powerful delivery. The Forsaken is also the most brutal band on Century Media's roster, save for maybe Krisiun and Cryptopsy. These Swedes pack an aggressive spirit that prospers from some melodic overtones and technical prowess. The first week I had this record, I couldn't stop spinning it. It just seemed so fresh and inviting. The Forsaken's death metal assault, thanks to ever-skilled producer Tommy Tagtgren, has managed to present itself with some real admirable qualities, while still not afraid to scare the bejeezus out of us with its violent edge.
(article published 3/13/2001)
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