Glossy melodies and gargantuan riffs are utilized extensively throughout Forlorn Seas‘ full-length debut, Exodus.
Modern progressive metal flair and post-metal weight converge on the towering and melancholic debut from this Padua, Italy-based act. Radiant atmospherics coil around sludgy, oceanic riffs. Ethereal guitar lines walk hand-in-hand with djent-esque rhythms. Exodus is heavy, introspective, and proudly wears its influences on its sleeves without giving into the gimmickry of similar recordings that came before it. Fans of The Ocean, The Contortionist and Irepress will want to take note.
Spiraling guitar leads soar atop galloping riffs as “Lost Oracles” opens up the record with a triumphant start. The song unleashes an array of polyrhythmic, throttling guitar riffs that bleed in-and-out of shimmering interludes as a groove-heavy rhythm section keeps the song’s prog metal heart pumping. The thrashing second track “Oniricon” then sweeps in to keep the momentum going. The song is full of chugging, jarring grooves that unravel into striking melodies and further into angelic clean sections. The application of both screamed and cleanly sung vocals also add to the song’s dynamism.
The second half of the record features a fair share of standout moments, beginning with the fourth track “Crestfallen”. This dreamy and gorgeous piano ballad serves as the centerpiece and is a striking addition to the record. Further into record’s second half comes the sprawling penultimate track, “The Kingdom Below”. For over six minutes “The Kingdom Below” revisits the best aspects of record and delivers them to the listener with newfound grandiosity. Lumbering sludge riffs, bouncing djent grooves, transcendental melodies, and plenty of six-string virtuosity are put on display across this dynamic track.
Forlorn Seas‘ Exodus is a solid debut and the band’s textural brand of progressive post-metal puts many of their contemporaries to shame.
Release Date: January 11, 2019
Favorite Tracks: “Oniricon”, “Crestfallen” and “The Kingdom Below”
For Fans Of: The Contortionist, The Ocean and Irepress