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Forever Still: Tied Down
Forever Still Tied Down CD Album Review

Forever Still: Tied Down

Heavy Rock/Metal
3.5/5.0

Here we come to a common combination, heavy rock and metal with a female lead vocalist. It's all the rage these days. So here's another female-fronted metal band, Forever Still, this time from Denmark, with their first long-player Tied Down. To be clear, this isn't an album of completely new songs. It's consists of two previous EPs, with six songs total to start, then four new songs (at least I think so).

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Forever Still

Okay the first thing that should be noted is what Forever Still is not. They don't do symphonic and/or power metal. So don't think Nightwish, et al. Nope. This is most definitely heavy metal infused hard rock, with a touch of keyboards here and there. Think Evanescence, but less goth. Or perhaps Halestorm, if the band had a heavier bottom end and Lizzy Hale had a greater vocal range. Vocalist Maja Schoenning is quite versatile, going from soothing to rocking, from smooth soaring to borderline screamo death vocals (Breathe In). She's both strong and melodic, singing clean with passionate emotion. The boys in the band back her up with crispness and edge of strong riffage and the thunder and thump of a deep rhythm section. The latter elements important as Forever Still expertly weaves toe-tapping groove into most every song. But they don't appear to be interested in guitar solos. If you catch them, they're mostly muted or pushed to the background. Most of the melody and harmony in the arrangements comes from the vocals and vocal arrangement yet, at times, within Miss Madness and Your Light for instance, the piano helps as well.

Basically, I found Forever Still to be both new, in the sense that I've never heard of them before, and more of the same. They're merely another female-fronted hard and heavy band trying to get your attention, having a sound common and similar to what else is out there. But with their heavy robust sound and Maja Schoenning good looks, the heavy metal dudes may take notice.

Forever Still - Break the Glass


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In Short

Basically, I found Forever Still to be both new, in the sense that I've never heard of them before, and more of the same. They're merely another female-fronted hard and heavy band trying to get your attention, having a sound common and similar to what else is out there. But with their heavy robust sound and Maja Schoenning good looks, the heavy metal dudes may take notice.

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