Forest of Tygers
I Will Die of Violence


4.0
excellent

Review

by dwightfryed USER (23 Reviews)
December 1st, 2019 | 8 replies


Release Date: 11/08/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: But what a way to go, y'know?

Long gone are the days when metal was dispensed by shirtless men boasting and flexing like a Manowar show or bachelorette party. In fact, our latest heretics are a husband and wife team from Nashville, TN. The way things are going, soon we’ll be blown away by groups of grandmothers and their cats playing accordions through distortion pedals, songs about knitting doilies and writing checks for two dollars. But all kidding aside, this duo known as Forest of Tygers makes for one hell of a racket, pitting the virulent ravings and guitar alchemy of Jim Valosik against his wife Rachel’s blistering drum barbarism. At its best, the latest record “I Will Die of Violence” is a tangled nest of dissonant guitar lines and wracked, psychotic screams. At it’s worst, it’s a bottomless pit of hellish noise. Personally, I can take either.

The efficiency alone is admirable. It’s apparent that either one of these two could be the spark plug in a more traditional 4-piece metal band. Rachel’s constant double-bass pumps drive sly changes between crash-heavy grooves and black-metalish hi-hat rides. Jim belches up ursine roars while simultaneously tapping the guitar with two hands, activating organ-like drones and stormy squalls through spit-and-chicken-wire foot pedal connections, and cooking up two eggs over easy and a side of toast. Okay, I made up that last part – but you get the idea.

The meaty organ-style barre drones in the first minute of “The Lie of a Long Life” kick off a sludgy flight of exploration, soon accompanied by spiky tremolo-picked calculus from Jim and an airy, stomping percussive groove – it sounds like four people. After a couple of minutes, speed jacks up and the song goes full-scale black metal on our asses, lightning-picked rhythms and intricate atonal melodies blossoming like dark orchids before our very ears. “Night’s Embers” begins with an unobtrusive fingerpicked acoustic intro – consider it a signpost that we’ve entered unknown territory as Jim is soon violating our craniums with his charismatically mathy speed-spasms, accompanied by ungodly roars. It flows like many of FoT’s works – ridiculously tight and complex – giving way to ringing, dark and dissonant passages that expand and poison the air like diesel fumes – soon sucked back in again for another riff exercise in brain-wrecking tightness.

Forest of Tygers is the band we have all created through our gnat-like attention spans, demands for more speed, for more complexity, and more exciting sonics. It’s the band technology has created through the competition of thousands of metal artists fighting for our sparse dollar and download. It comes in a nanosecond before the year-end-best-of lists are formulated. Anyone who includes this record in theirs is a ***ing guru worth following. Impressive stuff.



Recent reviews by this author
The Hounds of Hasselvander The Hounds of HasselvanderDesolation Realm Desolation Realm
Metallica The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-RevisitedRainbow On Stage
Throttlerod Eastbound and DownMelvins Gluey Porch Treatments
user ratings (11)
3.9
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2019


10938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a well-timed, nice review offering up plentiful descriptions of beautifully devastating sludge-ness. I'm going to pos because it fucking deserves it.



year-end-best-of lists are formulated. Anyone who includes this record in theirs




*...formulated and anyone...



Line is a bit cringe and a cop-out but works well in your conversational "do as I tell you" style.

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
December 1st 2019


10678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really good album, definitely needed some attention

dwightfryed
December 1st 2019


115 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ Nocte - thanks I think. I've got plenty more cringe-worthy lines up my sleeve.

zaruyache
December 2nd 2019


21665 Comments


sovnds kvlt im in

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
December 2nd 2019


10678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Def not very kvlt. There’s some black metal stuff in there but also a lot of sludgy muscly riffs and a different atmosphere and other interesting stuff.

autoNamed
December 9th 2019


43 Comments


Sounds cool but the mix on this thing is ridiculous

zaruyache
December 10th 2019


21665 Comments


yeah and the drums sound really bad, bass drums in particular.

Demon of the Fall
December 10th 2019


14080 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Digging this. 'The Lie of a Long Life' slaps. These guys have considerable potential.

Digging: Can Bardd - The Last Rain



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2019 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy