Forgotten Tales - _The Promise_
by: Adrian Bromley (
I was actually very excited when this record landed in my mailbox. I had seen Quebec's Forgotten Tales in their early stages of their career opening up for Nightwish in Montreal in November of 2001. I distinctly remember being blown away by the powerful presence of the band and the wonderful arrangements that they played during their short, but well received, set. Finally, a year later, _The Promise_ is here and fans of power metal music will no doubt want to check this young band out. With some great production on their side (thanks to ace producer Pierre Remillard), Forgotten Tales get the most out of their epic power metal numbers, especially when singer Sonia Pineault hits the high notes. What a voice. Fast paced and very tight (a la Stratovarious / Blind Guardian), the music of Forgotten Tales coats itself with some slick guitar solos and fancy keyboard work (check out numbers "World of Truth", "Far Away" and the four-part epic "The Tale of Neeris"), rarely losing momentum. Sure this band may be inexperienced, in regards to touring and studio work, but they have their chops down. Give this band a little more time to hone in on their skills and a label that believes in them, and the sky is the limit for these power metal warriors and fair maiden.
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