The Pitch: Progressive, folk-tinged power metal from Philadelphia brought to us by Lör. FFO Blind Guardian, Ensiferum, Wilderun
What I Like: Hey look at me covering another power metal album. A rarity for sure. But when it comes to Lör, they definitely bring something a little different to the table. I seem to prefer my PM at two extreme polarities: campy and over-the-top like Dragonforce, or folky and atmospheric. In Forgotten Sleep definitely falls into the latter category. If it weren't for some of the more dramatic vocal deliveries, I would hesitate to call this PM at all. Largely what you can expect is a focus on mixture of powerful progressive hooks with technical and neoclassical influences a la Exmortus with the folky shredding of Ensiferum. Fantastic solos and multitextured drums abound, frequently backed by wispy synthesizers. And some of these vocal harmonies are catchy as hell (check out the end of "Song For The Lost" for a prime example).
Critiques: Both the vocals and overall album flow could use a little work. A little trimming could go a long way.
The Verdict: An imperfect but well-performed album that is sure to please fans of all things progressive. It's nice to hear bands like Lör who continue to meld various styles into something that might not otherwise appeal to those who are not fans of a particular genre.
Flight's Fav's: Dark Cloud, Song for the Lost, Visions Of Awakening
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