Love Forsaken - Sex, War, & Prayers - 2005 - Self Released
1. Diamonds Rain 2. Lightfull Experience 3. Words To The Wind 4. The Human Race 5. Forsaken Love 6. Beyond 7. Education 8. Ominus 9. Sex, War, & Prayers
Love Forsaken come to us from Italy, with "Sex, War, & Prayers" marking the band's first debut since it's formation in 1998. The group call themselves progressive death metal and I can't really argue with that. At times bands like Celestial Season and My Dying Bride come to mind but really, in all honesty this band is probably a bit more extreme and brutal when compared to those gothic inspired bands.
"Sex, War, & Prayers" is built on an up-tempo speed, really creating fast, orchestrated pieces that burn with intense riffs and well placed keys. Vocalist Danny is in the same sort of vein as Hypocrisy's Peter Tagtgren, with a death metal growl that adds in plenty of black metal screams with it. The band is made of Kaba on guitar, Stefan on bass, Abbott on keys, Pyt on drums, and Pronach on electronic drum pads. Overall the group display a dazzling ability to combine atomosphere with speedy rhythms, all housed in the most extreme outfit. While the guitars build to giant groove pieces, the band run through rapid, experimental visions. Fast paced riffs move much of this material, with keyboards dominating the background, almost coming across as neo-classical.
Bottom Line - This could be very pleasing to fans of Novembers Doom, Monolithe, and Opeth.
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