After Forever
After Forever


4.0
excellent

Review

by Frederick Metzengerstein USER (202 Reviews)
November 19th, 2007 | 21 replies | 3,506 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After Forever have released an album of the ages with this inspired piece.

2007 has been a good year to the metal community. A lot of up and coming young bands are releasing their best work. "Wolves In The Throne Room" are one of those bands. Bands that have stuck around the past decade or so are also releasing their best work. Some of the Forefathers of Metal are still going strong as well, Dark Tranquillity dropping another amazing album upon the masses. Then, out of the ashes, I spotted an album from a band I was not familiar with. It seemed very intriguing after reading a great review off of this site.

" After Forever" was their name. Apparently, they played a style of Gothic Metal that reached perfection on their newest album. I can tell you this, the praise that this album receives is worth more than words. A merging of the genres finest, Nightwish, Lacuna Coil, and similar bands, "After Forever" one up those by producing an album full of quality music.

I'm not aware of what they have released in their past, but what they have shown me here has impressed me greatly to the point of delving into their back catalog. One listen through, I thought, "man", this chick can sing. Floor's voice rival's if not tops the power of "Tarja or Christina" The band itself aren't too shabby either.

Floor Jansen - Vocals

Sander Gommans - Guitar, harsh vocals

Bas Maas – Guitar, vocals

Luuk van Gerven - Bass

André Borgman - Drums

Joost van den Broek

Floor has a powerful voice which she uses to full extent on this album. She has enough range and variety through her voice to separate herself from the rest of the pack. Mainly utilizing the more straightforward approach, she hits her notes well. Full of power and force, she commands the listener with ease before throwing in a couple of curveballs. Some songs, she tweaks her voice to more of a Soprano tone. Adding new elements to the music. If that wasn't enough, she also can sing with an operatic tone to perfection. This tri vocal approach is very accurate, complementing well with the harsh vocals that take place. Now, there is the atypical ballad on this album. On "Cry With A Smile" , the tempo is slower and the piano hits are haunting. Floor delivers a heart felt performance full of passion. One of the highlights off this album for sure.

Now, lets get past the voice and delve into the music. The band itself play accordingly well to Floor's demanding voice. The guitar work provides the heaviness and the solid base of the album. Mid tempo riffs are fast and provide enough aggression to keep the metal heads happy. There are enough guitar solos to satisfy those who get off on guitar wankery. The solos are well played and provide a great amount of emotion. Sander provides all the harsh vocals to be found here. Adding spices of Death Metal to the mix, this approach works well, especially in the opener, "Discord". A real crunchy number where Floor and Sander's trade off, executed well if not terribly original. The keyboard work excels on this album with Joost providing various tones ranging from haunting piano notes to electronic bleeps. There is some orchestral work that can be found throughout, almost having a "Dimmu Borgir" or "Nightwish" feel but still nailing their sound to a beat. Adds well in providing the music with a rich atmosphere. Bass is drowned out from all this commotion, but not to worry, it's never missed. Drum work is rock solid, providing a rocking beat. A lot of cool patterns here and there, ranging from plenty of double bass to interesting fills.

"After Forever" have unleashed a monster that seems to pick up more steam with each listen. In a year filled with Melodic Death Metal and Black Metal masterpieces, After Forever deem worthy of the "dark horse" album of the year. To me, this is an album that should be heard by everyone. Doesn't matter which side of the fence you stand on with your music, this is an album that can be appreciated by music lovers.

Pros:
Excellent vocals.

Great musicianship, songwriting makes up fro lack of technicality.

Cons:
Some songs tend to drag longer then they should.



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Shattered_Future (5)
Taking the best elements from many bands in the gothic metal scene and using them head and shoulders...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Crimson
November 19th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I thought this album was 'aright'

Neoteric
November 19th 2007



3243 Comments


This review is so fucking metal.

Altmer
November 19th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review but I like S_F's better

BallsToTheWall
November 19th 2007



44164 Comments


Thanks for saying mine sucks. Just kidding,had to review it, too good of an album not too.

Altmer
November 19th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i didn't say it sucked I just think S_F's is better :O

BallsToTheWall
November 19th 2007



44164 Comments


Just kidding man, I know it's better than mine. Kinda write mine fast.

Willie
Moderator
November 19th 2007



15875 Comments


These guys are supposed to be like the top of the genre, but I've never liked them at all. Your review is just fine though...

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

Shattered_Future
November 19th 2007



1539 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

[QUOTE=Altmer]good review but I like S_F's better[/QUOTE]

Finally, somebody somewhere thinks I'm better than someone else! :p

Best album of the year and best album in the gothic/symphonic metal scene, hands down. I honestly think this album has no flaws.

Altmer
November 19th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

maybe it's because you're a good reviewer :o

I have yet to hear this.

JordanS
November 19th 2007



319 Comments


Good Review, but I don't really care for this band or album.

BallsToTheWall
November 19th 2007



44164 Comments


Why, give this a chance. Good album. And hey everyone, im a contributer.

Willie
Moderator
November 19th 2007



15875 Comments


Congrats on the "upgrade" ;)

Thor
November 19th 2007



10175 Comments


This review is so ****ing metal.

:lol:

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2007



16242 Comments


The only thing that keeps me from buying this is the skepticism I have about the female vocals. Good review.


BTW- Grats on contributor!!!!!!!!!!! :DThis Message Edited On 11.19.07

BallsToTheWall
November 19th 2007



44164 Comments


Thank you all. Feels like a birthday. If you like Nightwish, which you do, you should give this a run.

Thor
November 19th 2007



10175 Comments


Haha being a contributor doesn't really change much.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2007



16242 Comments


You get a "contributor" next to your name, I like it :D

Poet
November 19th 2007



5920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5


Haha being a contributor doesn't really change much.


It makes you feel special though Thor, let Balls bask in his limelight, lol.

As for the album....I just started to listen to a couple songs a few weeks ago, and I am a fan of Cry With a Smile and Withering Time, but I do not like the harsh/growling vocals in this. In Withering Time there are growls, which I actually like, but the actual singing with the harsh vocals is a turn off for me.

Floor has an amazing voice and this is nothing short of an epic fest.


Poet
November 19th 2007



5920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

*To add*

Not like I know what it feels like to have a Contributing Reviewer logo right next to my name

BallsToTheWall
November 19th 2007



44164 Comments


I'll tell you this, great to have a badge. Authority is great. Yes, this is pretty epic, I find the harsh vocals to be great, especially in Discord where Floor and dude trade off. Keyboard is tight work from the young lad.

@Poet. One day you too will become a part of the law instead of under it, matter of time.This Message Edited On 11.19.07



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