Ever Forthright
Ever Forthright


4.5
superb

Review

by Tim Dodderidge USER (7 Reviews)
January 8th, 2012 | 206 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Former Periphery vocalist Chris Barretto returns...and in style.

If you enjoyed Periphery‘s self-titled album, you will be absolutely enthralled to hear Ever Forthright‘s debut record. The band, fronted by Chris Barretto, formed after Barretto left Periphery last year. Ever Forthright is the second album under his belt to be released in 2011, the first being his other project Friend For A Foe‘s EP, Source Of Isolation. Though I enjoyed the heck out of Source Of Isolation, this album from Ever Forthright blows every element that made that EP great right out of the water. It’s intense, invigorating, and one of the best progressive metal releases of the year hands-down.

With a blend of futuristic-sounding electronic parts and capacious allotments of progressive metal, the overall vibe of this record is spell-binding. Sounding a lot like Periphery but still containing a unique sound, Ever Forthright is chock full of memorable melodies and exciting verses, choruses, and solos. The songs are pretty lengthy, especially considering that there are 12 of them, but the amount of quality that is jam-packed into this vast quantity of music deserves attention from fans of all genres of metal, especially ones of the more djenty kind.

A lot of emotion is wrapped up in this record, such as the pure anger in ‘Spineless,” the mysteriousness of “The Little Albert Experiment,” and even the gloomy theatrics of the closer, “Clockwork.” The vocals reflect the varying emotions in this album too, especially considering the fact that the cleans are mystic and efflorescent in comparison to the more ballistic screams. The abundance of talent that this band possesses is extremely irresistible, and the great production and execution of slow, concentrated intros (especially in my personal favorite track on the record, “Screen Scenarios”), speedy Meshuggah-like riffage, Animals As Leaders-esque solos, and of course, the slap-happy pounding of the drums, kept my interest level at an all-time high. In fact, there isn’t a single song that didn’t keep me involved, and a few instances, such as the calming instrumentals in “Reflections” and abrupt death growls in “Dispose Of Your Optimism,” change things up a bit too.

Not only is Ever Forthright impressive in the sense of raw energy, emotion, and talent in general, but it also shows influences from many genres. Halfway through the lengthy second track “Latency And Tendencies,” a song that has incredible guitar melodies and solid screaming/singing from Barretto, there is a jazz solo. Yes, a jazz solo – and a freaking awesome one too – thanks to Barretto’s exuberant talent on the saxophone. At times in this album, my jaw drops from the metal’s immensity, then everything is drowned out by lounge music. I will say they’re not the first band to incorporate jazz into metal, but the way the music transitions from insane to chill is pretty tight.

Though the debate whether Ever Forthright is better than Periphery may prove the new metal sensation is a little less groundbreaking than the latter, they still deserve a lot of attention. My only and single complaint about the band’s self-titled is the fact that it covets a great commitment of time in order to really get into it, but in the end, it’s all worth it. Barretto has made good use of his talents outside of Periphery, and that’s probably the thing I’m most happy to see, because with Periphery becoming such a popular band, it would’ve been horrible to see his greatness go to waste.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
ChuckyTruant
January 7th 2012


15719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good review. Would've liked to see more expansion of the tracks themselves. But good. Buying this on iTunes now. btw pos'd

Digging: The Contortionist - Language

bloc
January 7th 2012


34872 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I didn't enjoy this album at all. Nice review though!

pizzamachine
January 7th 2012


12571 Comments


Really cool album, it's such a crazy listen.

afergusonart
January 8th 2012


220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

love this album, it's one of the best prog metal albums of 2011, definitely.

Nikkolae
January 8th 2012


4849 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i do not enjoy this album at all, its seriously overwhelming to listen to this. review was good btw

InFiction
January 8th 2012


3668 Comments


Finally this got a review. Great album. The only thing I dislike are the rap-esque vocals in Infinitely Inward. They just sound awkward and out of place.
Not a bad review, too. I'll pos.

wacknizzle
January 8th 2012


13394 Comments


ehhhhh that gurl is sexy

Digging: Torch Runner - Endless Nothing

Evreaia
January 8th 2012


4043 Comments


At first listen this was a 4.5 for me.. Got stale quickly though.

Pos'd.

loveisamixtape
January 8th 2012


6037 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

still hate those vocals

this is kind of okay

Digging: Free Throw - Those Days Are Gone

AfterTheBreakdown
January 8th 2012


7147 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

big fan of this right now.

ianjulian
January 8th 2012


630 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ever Forthright is better than Periphery

pizzamachine
January 8th 2012


12571 Comments


Most definitely.

AfterTheBreakdown
January 8th 2012


7147 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

agreed

afergusonart
January 8th 2012


220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yep

Pharoh
January 8th 2012


3326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes

pizzamachine
January 8th 2012


12571 Comments


yeah

AfterTheBreakdown
January 8th 2012


7147 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yezzir

botb
January 8th 2012


9689 Comments


this still rapes

loveisamixtape
January 8th 2012


6037 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

most definitely better than periphery

i loved this at first but chris is just too much for me, haha. instrumentals are awesome, but sometimes it sounds like they're trying too hard

bloc
January 8th 2012


34872 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Better than Periphery? Like hell it is...



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