The Pitch: Blackened post-hardcore/sludge from Nashville band Forest Of Tygers with their first full length via Acteon Records. FFO: late Altar of Plagues, Barishi, Numenorean
What I Like: Forest of Tygers are a difficult band to place in any meaningful way. Post-black tropes permeate their atmosphere, but the music is much harder hitting than anything from Deafheaven. There are elements of black metal in the guitars, but the post-hardcore vocals and melodic sections more or less rule that out. And while there is certainly some hardcore ethos, this is anything but a typical album in the genre. It's like the bleak, noisey vibes of Altar Of Plagues' final album collided with early Hopesfall. After much thought, the particular eclectic set of influences here did conjure comparisons to Barishi, but even this fails to fully capture the unique nature of their sound. It's an album familiar and yet foreign at the same time; one packed with crunchy, earworm guitar hooks, despairing howls, and cathartic release.
Critiques: There are a few parts that get a little repetetive, for instance the main riff of the title track (which kind of drags on too long in general imo).
The Verdict: Matching memorable riffs with stirring atmosphere, I Will Die Of Vilence is an amazing album that will haunt your mind long after listening. Forest Of Tygers have certainly caught my attention and I can't wait to hear more. STREAM IT EARLY HERE.
Flight's Fav's: Night's Embers, The Human Monster, Lord Of Fear
- Review by FlightOfIcarus
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