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Forever Slave: Tales For Bad Girls

Forever Slave: Tales For Bad Girls

Symphonic/Gothic Metal
Rating: 3.25/5.0

Mock Nightwish bands seem to be all the rage these days. Although I never quite understood the whole sym-goth movement, there must be quite a demand for it as these type of groups are popping up everywhere. Spain's Forever Slave is one such band and they have a new CD out 'Tales For Bad Girls' which is their sophomore release.

If you want to get an idea of what Forever Slave sounds like use Nightwish as a benchmark and keep the vocals almost the same. Lady Angellyca has just about the same style, tone and delivery as Tarja Turunen. If there is a difference, Lady Angellyca is probably a bit less theatric. Musically speaking, the guitars are not quite as tight and fast as Nightwish and overall there is a bit more of a goth tinge to the sound. I personally prefer Forever Slave's approach to that of their mentors.

Lyrically speaking, Forever Slave tackles issues that most metal bands wouldn't touch. AIDS, homosexuality, and cybersex are all topics covered on 'Tales For Bad Girls,' but it is at times difficult to take Forever Slave seriously. To hear Lady Angellyca, who has an almost saintly voice, sing songs with titles like 'Dickhead' is almost comical. 'Tales For Bad Girls' definitely has its moments, but at best it's a niche album that I might take out when I'm in a particular mood, rather than something that I could listen to on a regular basis.
  - Tim Carroll

In Short

Forever Slave's 'Tales For Bad Girls' definitely has its moments, but at best it's a niche album that I might take out when I'm in a particular mood, rather than something that I could listen to on a regular basis.

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