Forgotten Woods
Race Of Cain


3.0
good

Review

by BallsToTheWall USER (231 Reviews)
December 13th, 2008 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Humor meets black metal as Neige and boys concoct a raw black metal album with terrible production values and political debates featuring religious extremists bickering like catholic school girls.

At first glance of the name Forgotten Woods you can probably tell that this is going to be a black metal review. The next thing you notice if not first is the horribly tacky yet humorous album art featuring a woman in a hooded Satan costume. A sense of humor in black metal is always appreciated especially if the artist backs up the talk with a moderately interesting display of music. And that is what we have here with the Norwegian based black metal group Forgotten Woods. Although the project was formed in Norway, the sole contributor to this project is currently run by a Frenchman that at least some of us should already be familiar with. Neige, famous for his work in Alcest and Peste Noire is in company of a few names that I couldn’t even spell or pronounce if I drank seven red bulls and a pitcher of sugar. But according to wikipedia, the only remaining member is Neige so I hesitate to throw out my playing card just yet.

“Race of Cain” is the bands latest album and a throwback to the likes of old Darkthrone and company. By throwback to Darkthrone I mean that Forgotten Woods have stepped up to the plate boldly and proudly with terrible production values. The fuzzy, droning atmosphere that most metalheads like to associate true black metal with" Check. Extremely harsh vocals layered in distortion so thick you can’t understand a word that is being said" A questionable ideology that seems to lean more on the campy side rather than full blown kvltness" Check. Post punk" Possibly. A random yet always welcome melodic shoegazey track with female vocals and foreign instrumentation" Check. If you’re still on board so far, great.

I don’t know how much seriousness was portrayed during the making of this album but what I do feed off from here is a rather enjoyable black metal album untarnished by the production values. Riffs are very catchy, at times melodic and approachable, and other times fierce recalling the second wave black metal spirit. Standard black metal fare on the musicianship scale, groovy and not much technicality or blazing solos wilding out but capable of inciting a bunch of corpse painted dudes to huddle around s crisp roaring fire for egg nog and cookies nonetheless. Vocals are completely unintelligible whether it’s strange demonic gurgling or even some clean singing thrown in for good measure. I’m not sure what to make of them but they sure are brutal. One of the albums more interesting moments shines through on the neo-folk-esque track “The Principle Of The Whip,” which sports a pleasant sounding female vocalist countering some mellow instrumentation. Drumming and bass are pretty accurate in replicating the chosen formula. Not much bass tone, and not much happening the drum kit.

Judging from some of the name titles one would expect to find Forgotten Woods to hold very unpopular beliefs And while they may or may not actually believe in what they are preaching, humor prevails. Closing out the album is “Third Eye” which starts off as a rather ordinary and standard track but just a few minuets in and the song morphs into a political debate with two religious nut cases bickering like old wives. Blood spilled, shredded by a den of lions, Christ less eternity, and the war on drugs are just some of the topics touched during this two sided tirade. Overall, Race Of Cain is a fun album for those of you that want want to hear some imaginative black metal with a tall, side order of humor. Standouts are few and in between but I would like to point out for you guys to check out the closing track as it gives a perfect glimpse into the humorous side of the band as well as the brutality. At first glance of the name Forgotten Woods you can probably tell that this is going to be a black metal review. The next thing you notice if not first is the horribly tacky yet humorous album art featuring a woman in a hooded Satan costume. A sense of humor in black metal is always appreciated especially if the artist backs up the talk with a moderately interesting display of music. And that is what we have here with the Norwegian based black metal group Forgotten Woods. Although the project was formed in Norway, the sole contributor to this project is currently run by a Frenchman that at least some of us should already be familiar with. Neige, famous for his work in Alcest and Peste Noire is in company of a few names that I couldn’t even spell or pronounce if I drank seven red bulls and a pitcher of sugar. But according to wikipedia, the only remaining member is Neige so I hesitate to throw out my playing card just yet.

“Race of Cain” is the bands latest album and a throwback to the likes of old Darkthrone and company. By throwback to Darkthrone I mean that Forgotten Woods have stepped up to the plate boldly and proudly with terrible production values. The fuzzy, droning atmosphere that most metalheads like to associate true black metal with" Check. Extremely harsh vocals layered in distortion so thick you can’t understand a word that is being said" A questionable ideology that seems to lean more on the campy side rather than full blown kvltness" Check. Post punk" Possibly. A random yet always welcome melodic shoegazey track with female vocals and foreign instrumentation" Check. If you’re still on board so far, great.

I don’t know how much seriousness was portrayed during the making of this album but what I do feed off from here is a rather enjoyable black metal album untarnished by the production values. Riffs are very catchy, at times melodic and approachable, and other times fierce recalling the second wave black metal spirit. Standard black metal fare on the musicianship scale, groovy and not much technicality or blazing solos wilding out but capable of inciting a bunch of corpse painted dudes to huddle around s crisp roaring fire for egg nog and cookies nonetheless. Vocals are completely unintelligible whether it’s strange demonic gurgling or even some clean singing thrown in for good measure. I’m not sure what to make of them but they sure are brutal. One of the albums more interesting moments shines through on the neo-folk-esque track “The Principle Of The Whip,” which sports a pleasant sounding female vocalist countering some mellow instrumentation. Drumming and bass are pretty accurate in replicating the chosen formula. Not much bass tone, and not much happening the drum kit.

Judging from some of the name titles one would expect to find Forgotten Woods to hold very unpopular beliefs And while they may or may not actually believe in what they are preaching, humor prevails. Closing out the album is “Third Eye” which starts off as a rather ordinary and standard track but just a few minuets in and the song morphs into a political debate with two religious nut cases bickering like old wives. Blood spilled, shredded by a den of lions, Christ less eternity, and the war on drugs are just some of the topics touched during this two sided tirade. Race Of Cain is an album that should appeal to black metal fans that love black metal as much as mocking it. The Principle and the Whip and A Landmine Reprisal are also cool beans.



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Crysis
Emeritus
December 13th 2008


17368 Comments


Worst. Album cover. Ever.

OffTheRadar
December 13th 2008


102 Comments


cover brings teh wtfs

BallsToTheWall
December 13th 2008


49337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album cover is awesome tbh.This Message Edited On 12.24.08

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BallsToTheWall
December 13th 2008


49337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

PSS. you just don't understand raw b.m.

fireaboveicebelow
December 13th 2008


6832 Comments


no shit look at his avatar, that's what his spawn look like, that's besides the point though, the chick on the album looks like a girl I used to know

Bleak123
December 13th 2008


1900 Comments


she must've been pretty ugly

BallsToTheWall
December 13th 2008


49337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Na, any chick dressed up as Satan is HAWT. Hows the review, i'm basically just slapping stuff out mildly instead of taking my time.

fireaboveicebelow
December 13th 2008


6832 Comments


it's alright, but the conclusion is lacking in..a conclusion

Bleak123
December 13th 2008


1900 Comments


reviews pretty good, just needs better conclusion like fire says

TricksterGRex
December 14th 2008


2087 Comments


Sick review. "Erasing the Fuckhead Majority" is a hilarious song title.

TricksterGRex
December 14th 2008


2087 Comments


Also, for some reason, your review seems to accidentally have been copied and pasted again about halfway through, but it might just be my computer being a pile of shit.

fireaboveicebelow
December 14th 2008


6832 Comments


lol where did you get that Garm pope picture

and balls, whenever you return edit the last part of the review, it doubled up somehowThis Message Edited On 12.14.08

foreverendeared
December 14th 2008


14677 Comments


sweet review. i actually like the album cover.

TricksterGRex
December 14th 2008


2087 Comments


It's Ulver's profile picture on myspace. Badass huh?

Willie
Moderator
December 14th 2008


17623 Comments


Love that album cover! Unfortunately, I can't do the low production black metal. Oh well.

Hawks
December 29th 2008


67741 Comments


I was thinking about checking this out, but I just listened to The Principle and the Whip and its pretty horrible.

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Malkir
October 27th 2010


15 Comments


"the sole contributor to this project is currently run by a Frenchman that at least some of us should already be familiar with." LOL

"Neige and boys " ahaha do you realize Neige is 10 years younger than these guys!

"But according to wikipedia, the only remaining member is Neige so I hesitate to throw out my playing card just yet." LOOOOOOOOOL


The best "fantasy review" ever written. Another proof that reviews on this site are done on downloaded albums. Do you guys realize Neige never played on any of Forgotten Woods albums, that he even never met the FW members IRL?? I think Kevin should buy the FW album before writing bullshit like (part of) this review. And stop trusting Metal Archives or Wikipedia too which are fan sites.

JF Williams
August 23rd 2012


51 Comments


Yeah looks like your review glitched a little, but nonetheless it was excellent. I've only heard 'Principle and the Whip' when a friend showed it to me (great song), perhaps now I'll finally listen to the whole album.

naughtcturnal
August 24th 2018


678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really love how horrible this is. Also think the artwork is great.

BallsToTheWall
August 24th 2018


49337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't even remember what this sounds like anymore.



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