I am proud to say these guys hail from my home province of Ontario in Canada! The first thing I notice when I listen to the tunes of Forged in Steel is that they are not full of clutter. I can hear every instrument very clearly and the lyrics are distinguishable as Reverend Ryan growls with expertise.
Tune titles from Forged in Steel: 1. The Dark 2. Habitual Castration 3. Forged in Steel* 4. Buried in the Basement 5. Pay for Pray 6. Sexual Deviance* 7. Perilaus' Fate 8. Risen*
*Sexual Deviance, Forged In Steel, and Risen - Cory Balger does leads for us.
As I am writing this review and listening to the tunes, I am realizing that I am having difficulty picking a fave song. The Dark kicks off right into guitar hooks and full bass beats....and then the vocals drop you right into the pit of hell! We all know how disorienting it is to be in total darkness and this song gives you that feeling of being there, in the recesses of hell. Habitual Castration starts with mellow guitar notes, and the drums blast us till the vox strike up, and we are now in a full blown audio assault. Forged in Steel gives us death metal melodics from the guitars, and steadfast drum beats, and well placed change-ups. I love the hammering sound of metal within the song which certainly make me think of something being forged in steel. Buried in the Basement offers a heavier riff and drum beat right from the beginning. You know this song is not going to be pretty, but rather, right up there with gore movies. The change-ups keep the song moving and keeps the listener glued for more. I can relate to wanting to do this and this song allows me the fantasy. I think this tune speaks to me, and could be one of my faves thus far. Pay for Pray takes a slower approach, and is more of a doom sound with the slower tempo. But don't be fooled! The pace picks up soon after the song begins and then the headbanging commences. This tune deals with the old debate about organized religion and the money-making schemes that drain the devoted of their money. Sexual Deviance starts with the hitting of drumsticks together. The tempo will make you jump in the pit for sure! The guitar riffs and the bass work overtime on this track. Perilaus' Fate gives us that wicked guitar rhythm to get the head banging immediately. Overall, this song is beautifully constructed. Risen certainly is more theatrical in nature as we listen to the rain fall and the groans of what I can only imagine to be a zombie as a gun is being cocked, aimed and shot. This song is totally fun and reveals a story of decay and grave sites.
I love how well the guitars and vocals are mixed in this tune; the melodies sweep from speaker to speaker until the drums, bass, and guitar pick up in pace. At that point, it's time to bang heads! This might be my fave song but, as I said at the beginning of this review, that is a hard choice: what I can say with certainty is that this is the song is the perfect way to end the disc!
I have to say I enjoyed the whole CD! I highly recommend that the readers go out to the show, and at the very least, pick up a copy of Forged in Steel for themselves!