Forgotten - 13 Martyrs

Forgotten - 13 Martyrs

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(CD, Noisehead Records, 2012)

It’s not quite rare to see bands releasing their debut a long time after their formation and sometimes it happens after a decade. This happened to the Turkish Epic/Heavy Metal band FORGOTTEN that was formed in 1995 by Tolga Otabatmaz. After two demos, the band went into hiatus from 1999 until 2008, when a third demo was released. Two years of hard work, the LP was finally ready in 2012 and it was released by the Austrian label Noisehead Records. So, let’s see what 17 years of waiting brought to us.

Let me start by saying that “13 Martyrs” is a nice album, but it surely had potential of becoming even better. I think the most important cons are the lack of depth in the compositions and the many slow-to-ballad-ish moments. FORGOTTEN’s music belong to the Heavy/Symphonic Metal genre with a touch of Folk Metal. And during the epic parts I think the music should be more intense and grandiose but instead it comes a bit shallow. Take for example the album’s opener, “Conquer”, which has a classic-influenced intro, but instead of sounding like a true epic piece, we get flat tunes, resembling the soundtrack of an RPG game like “Final Fantasy” (or something like that). I also believe that the slower parts or songs like the 8 minutes long “Song Of The Wood” can make a listener to lose interest due to the lukewarm melodies and the kind of cheesy guitars.

But there are pros in “13 Martyrs”; the fastest epic Metal parts are very good with heavy drumming and technical solos like “War Of The World”. The keyboards, the symphonic arrangements and the folk music instruments (like the bagpipe) spice things a bit as it happens in the best track of the album that I think is “Father”; this is a genuine epic song with fantastic melodies and nice folk finishing touches.

“13 Martyrs” is kind of an uneven album having strong and weak moments so I think checking a couple of songs is the best way to decide whether to invest or not. I hope that in the next album FORGOTTEN will implement in a better way their ideas and the undeniable virtuosity.

6/10 


Links:

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Tracklist:

01. Conquer
02. War Of The World
03. Living In My Gods
04. Shaman
05. Father
06. Song Of The Wood
07. Agony Cries
08. Shadows


Lineup:

Tolga Otabatmaz - Guitars, Bass

01. Conquer

02. War Of The World

03. Living In My Gods

04. Shaman

05. Father

06. Song Of The Wood

07. Agony Cries

08. Shadows