Forcefed - _Special Places_
by: Adam Wasylyk (3 out of 5)
Wearing their musical influences on their sleeve, it's obvious that bands like Slayer had a huge impact on the sound of Canada's Forcefed. Meshing elements of death, speed and thrash metal, at points Forcefed sound like an amalgamation of influences, rather than an unique entity onto itself. However, what we hear on _Special Places_ can't simply be written off. Able to write a cool tune, more than half of the eight (!) tracks on this demo are quite good, which contain the odd sound byte and even a live track. Ex-Brutal Truth bass grinder Dan Lilker apparently had a hand in the production of this demo, and I'd be lying if I said his work was any better than on the thousands of demos presently circulating around the scene. The sound is a bit underproduced, but it never deters the attention from the music which is key. I rarely review demos, but I felt that Forcefed are really onto something and I wanted to tell it like it is. I definitely look forward to hearing future releases by the band.

Contact: Forcefed, Box 5115, Pembroke, ON, K8A 6W4, Canada

(article published 12/8/1999)

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