Whether you want to label it technical-metal or stick it under the umbrella of metalcore, the list of bands that arose in the wake of Architects and Northlane‘s success is vast. Forbidden Seasons are one such outfit, hailing from the city of Turin in Northern Italy, they’re now about to unleash their debut album on the world.
As with record’s from any over-populated genre, the listening experience of ‘Promise‘ quickly becomes an exercise in determining just what this band bring to the table to set themselves apart. From the blistering opening of ‘Atlantis‘ it’s clear that Forbidden Seasons have honed their craft across a rigorous touring schedule. Vocalist Mark Seasons is now capable of delivering screamed savagery and powerful melody interchangeably.
Across ten tracks the band do little to push the envelope or really grab the listener, spacious electronics like those heard on ‘Sorrow Won’t End‘ have been ever-present in metal since Bring Me The Horizon released ‘Sempiternal‘. Their inclusion on this record does however punctuate the relentless rhythmic assault effectively.
With its bombastic instrumentation and forceful vocal delivery, it’s hard to imagine that Forbidden Seasons‘ debut won’t please fans of their sound, those looking for invention or experimentation would be best served elsewhere. That said, there’s no denying that ‘Promise‘ is an explosive statement of intent from these Italian metallers and one that will surely be heard throughout their scene.