Forsaken - Anima Mundi (Golden Lake Productions) - Back
I must first reiterate-- doom metal is the most under-rated genre in metal these days. Most of that reason would probably be due to the fact that there aren't many bands that do anything-different aside the slow melodic power and heavy grunting vocals (not that I'm such the critic-- I love death vocals!). Anyways, Forsaken is a band minus the notable doom/death vocal style with the exception of the occasional dramatic effect on a particular chorus or riff. I really think they should use the death vox moreso IMO. They do, however, rely on a slower tempo to build songs with-- making them (I guess) Doom. Whence... the twist they present brings a cunning crunch of doom-laden music and progressive power style vocals. This is fairly interesting to listen to, as there is some acoustic stuff, heavy-funeral doom stuff, melodic stuff, etc etc..... I have to hand it to these guys, they've come up with a slightly less fashionable style of metal and have thrown together elements of such bands as Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus and Black Sabbath. Most of the songs on "Anima Mundi" run right together without notice making this a very conceptual doom metal experience. Not bad....

Rating: 75

Reviewed By: Thomas Mitchell