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Forgotten – “Whispers of Existence” new EP release review

Their new EP album “Whispers of Existence” was released by the Greek Trikala based Black Metalers Forgotten who with their atmospheric album promise to take us by the hand and lead us to dark paths of inner incessant search of human existence and contemplation. The darkness spreads its veil and creates in the listener with its atmospheric mourning a confusion about the existence of man, the soul and death.

The EP album has 6 songs in total, lasting about 24 minutes. Starting from the first two tracks, 1 Is This The Gift You Call Life  and 2 The illusion of Truth fast tempo and the guitar playing a fast but mournful tune, one word comes to mind “the search”, a constant search for the essence of Life and truth. The track 3 Bound In Misery track with a more open air and wider sound brings you to the gates of despair, the amazing thing is that while the track is quite fast or gives you the feeling of fastness, the guitars in some parts if not in the whole duration of the track,  are slow in the echo, strangely amazing.  The track 4 Woods Of Torment  it starts very nice and melodic and then it becomes an inferno…The track 5 Pilgrams Of An Unknown Future a slow track with a touch of classical guitar , semi-clean vocals with a sense of chanting in the background. The track 6 A Dream With A Dream (Tribute To Edgar Alan Poe) a very interesting song, well thought out and respectful of the poet and the theme. Of particular interest is the reference to Edgar Allan Poe with the last track A Dream With A Dream (Tribute To Edgar Alan Poe) which basically recite the poem A Dream With A Dream of the author, very aptly and with a melodic “tune” of electric guitar and with piano sounding ” contrary ” in the background. Lyrically showing that the band has a breadth of knowledge, is searching and has a lot of future and much more to give. Personally after finishing the song I was left with the feeling that I want a continuation even faster and a strong Version.

George Pappas
8/10

For the record, Edgar Alan Poe was an American writer who was known for his works that dealt with the depiction of the anthropic existence of the supernatural and death or the fear of death.

“Edgar Allan Poe” (1809 – 1849)

A Dream within A Dream

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep – while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?


Recently, Forgotten signed with the British Extreme Metal label UKEM Records. Below is the label’s statement:

“UKEM Records is pleased to announce that we have added Greek Black Metal band “Forgotten” to the label’s roster! We will release the band’s debut e.p. ‘Whispers of Existence’ in late 2023 on cd. A cassette version is planned and will be released by an overseas label, details of which will follow for all those cassette lovers!”

For this EP the line – up consisted of several session members, different than the current band’s line up

Forgotten line up:
 

Mix, Mastering: Semiazaz (Ex-Azzaya, Seed Of Cain, Ave Sanguine)
Lyrics, Vocals, Guitars : Georgios Chatziioannidis (Mountain Hermit, Forgotten…,Ex-Azzaya, Ex- Vintermørke)
Guitars, Guitar Arrangements: Kostas B. (Apocalyptic Leaders, Thymata)
Bass: Retrofornicator (Ex-Azzaya, Ex- Malade)

For Track 5 lyrics were written by A.T and Keys by Syke
For Track 6 Vocals and instruments were recorded by Retrofornicator

All Logos Made By: Aether Vortex Designs
Cover Artwork: Nikos Stavridakis (VisionBlack)
Layout: Aether Vortex Designs

 
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