Forsaken - Iconoclast (Golden Lake Productions) - Back
Not to be confused with the US band, this particular band resides in Malta and is a doom-laden power metal outfit. Iconoclast consists of only 4 songs (a MCD) but of these 4 tracks, Forsaken kind of kept things interesting enough for me to get through the near 35 minutes running time. Forsaken remind me of Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus with some references to Maiden and Sabbath (but heavier!). At times, they are even capable of pulling off a King Diamond-like atmosphere. Obviously with such epic song structures, a lot goes on. Take the catchy slow doom-style riffs in "Where Angels Have Fallen". One minute it's that, then you will have a punchier up-tempo sound with an almost death metal feel. My favorite track, however, is "Via Crucis (the Way of the Cross)". I love how it opens with female vocals and acoustic guitar, and then suddenly goes right back into their mid-paced and technical music style. I thought there should be more death vox to cross with the power metal style. At times, it sounds mediocre where the two styles meet. This is a step in the right direction nonetheless. Good job!

Rating: 75

Reviewed By: Thomas Mitchell