Ikuinen Kaamos
The Forlorn


2.5
average

Review

by Zippermouth USER (21 Reviews)
February 8th, 2009 | 38 replies | 6,959 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fifty three minutes of boredoom, kicked off by the thirteen minute soundtrack of a man committing suicide on a beach during a cloudy day in late December.

When I first listened to The Forlorn, I had high hopes. I expected to immerse myself in a world like Closure. I expected to be enveloped in gloomy soundscapes littered with poignant acoustic fills and worlds torn open by visceral screams and then stitched back together with mournful clean vocals. Instead I leapt headfirst into a spewing sea of mediocrity, based on blunt growls and a bland arrangement of repetitive guitar lines. I came looking for a classic and found myself with a run-of-the-mill Doom album in Progressive Death Metal clothing.

Despite my earlier complaints, The Forlorn does contain many of the same sounds and emotions as Closure, but not in the right proportions. Each of the tracks is graced with a mellow acoustic interlude and the occasional background environment, such as the one in the beginning of Frailty. Unfortunately most of the interludes are placed in between seven minute intervals of boring tremolo picked riffs and one of the most monotonous vocal performances I have ever heard.

This album features none of the clean vocal sections of Closure, instead it is crammed full of shapeless and incomprehensible growls and the occasional bitter screams. With the loss of clean vocals, Ikuinen Kaamos loses a lot of its musical depth and suddenly a long enjoyable nine minute song becomes a sonic nightmare. If that wasn’t bad enough, the first two tracks are thirteen minutes each.

In addition to these failings, The Forlorn lacks the focused and beautiful melodies of Ikuinen Kaamos' later works. Whereas Closure was riddled with intricate lead guitar lines that could shatter a heart or draw tears to the eye, The Forlorn is comprised mostly of boring riffage that if not for its speed would be comparable to the dull melodies of Doom Metal. However, The Forlorn is gifted with a few outstanding guitar moments such as the melody lines of "Ascent" and the solo of "Fall." However, no matter how much lipstick you put on a pig, it's still a pig.

In a word, The Forlorn was nothing more than underwhelming. Instead of coming across as a beautiful work of art like Closure, it ends up being more like a Doom album being performed by overly competent Death Metal musicians. Fortunately, Ikuinen Kaamos has outgrown this bland immaturity, and I look forward to a new release this year.

An average release by an extraordinary band, 2.7/5

Recommended Tracks:
Fall
(Screw the rest)



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Zippermouth
February 8th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This was really, really boring. Feedback appreciated, hope I didn't bash too much.

SCREAM!
February 8th 2009


10073 Comments


Great review. Heard a lot of bad about this so never bothered checking it out and i still won`t. Epilogue is great and their demo Land Of The Plagues is a pretty good piece of black metal

Zippermouth
February 8th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Where do you get Land of the Plagues?

jingledeath
February 8th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't agree with you but good review, though I think you overdid it with the bashing, a bit.

SCREAM!
February 8th 2009


10073 Comments


Found a link somewhere

Zippermouth
February 8th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Don't agree with you

I figured that most of you wouldn't, but thanks for your support regardless.

Yazz_Flute
February 8th 2009


18781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review, but this is awesome. Closure is definitely better though.

Digging: Battles - Mirrored

Zippermouth
February 8th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I wish I felt the same, Closure was indeed awesome.

gaslightanthem
February 8th 2009


5209 Comments


hey zipper write some more gay reviews like this

Zippermouth
February 8th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Only for you man, I know you love em.

gaslightanthem
February 8th 2009


5209 Comments


you being racist

Zippermouth
February 8th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You know it.

gaslightanthem
February 8th 2009


5209 Comments


i pos'd i'm not fucking you about i'm disappointed you didn't comment on my last review that's not like you

Zippermouth
February 8th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh, I haven't really been on that much lately. I'll get on that.

gaslightanthem
February 8th 2009


5209 Comments


yeah

Zippermouth
February 8th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ok tatoo man, you get 2 more pos's thanks to me.

gaslightanthem
February 8th 2009


5209 Comments


why am i tatoo man
and k thanks you mean so much to me

gaslightanthem
February 8th 2009


5209 Comments


no rly

gaslightanthem
February 8th 2009


5209 Comments


i mean it

Zippermouth
February 8th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Your profile man, tatoo remember?
I'm sure. Were like brothers now.



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