Hailing from Guatemala City, Dread the Forsaken brings their debut work, the interesting Unbound on Nightmare Records. While Unbound certainly sparks some interest, pinning down DTF's influences and direction may require more work. Elements of traditional heavy and power metal are evident; melody and harmony is not lost, and hardcore or dirty vocals are few. But you will find a nod to some more modern vocal and musical trends. There's enough technicality here to push Unbound towards the progressive. Yet, this all seems wrapped in a modern sound, near to Disturbed and the like, but without the monotonous redundancy. Songs like Walk With Me and Dread the Forsaken have both melodic and technical sensibility to make them accessible. Yet there's also staccato drumming and nearly hardcore thumping to be predictable from tune to tune. If it were not for the fine vocals and vocal arrangements of Gordon Tittsworth (Images of Eden) and founder Mauricio Liborio worthy fret work, Unbound might easily degenerate into modern metal complacency; a song like Roses Are Burning certainly comes close. Then there's true modern sound of the rapcore hard rock of the title track which may turn the heads of those who don't like anything steering towards nu-metal. Nevertheless, Dread the Forsaken is certainly on to something good with Unbound. However, future pursuits and refinement are necessary to lift the band above their peers.
Dread the Forsaken is certainly on to something good with Unbound. However, future pursuits and refinement are necessary to lift the band above their peers.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]