Forlorn Legacy - _Dead Man's Fear_
by: Brian Meloon (4 out of 5)
Forlorn Legacy are a melodic death metal band from Croatia. This is their fourth offering, and it has roughly the same sound as their 1999 demo _Omega_ [CoC #51]. The music is pretty standard melodic death metal, with some clean vocals (which remind me vaguely of Alice in Chains) and melodic sections. The band has toned down the brutality for this release, instead focusing on mid-tempo, melodic, memorable (but not overly catchy) death metal tunes. And this they do very well. The songs all are around the 4-5 minute mark (with the exception of the two minute closer, "Desert"), and have non-standard structures. Yet, the band is able to tie the songs together, usually by means of a particularly memorable riff or section. This leads to songs which have the rare combination of memorability as well as replay value. While the music isn't particularly challenging, the songs are performed tightly and solidly. The production is a bit weak -- particularly the snare sound -- but it's passable. Overall, this is a good release; it's not ground-breaking or amazing in any respect, but it's solid melodic death metal, and it should appeal to fans of that genre.


(article published 12/8/2001)

3/10/2005 P Azevedo 7.5 Forlorn Legacy - Paths of Insanity
1/10/2001 B Meloon 4 Forlorn Legacy - Omega
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