After the third FOREFATHER-album "Engla Tocyme" had overrun me, I immediately started to search for their other releases and over eBay I got "The Fighting Man", the second album of the English duo.
Again crowned by a great Chrille Andersson-cover also "The Fighting Man" so to say brings us Anglo-Saxon Metal, the English variant of Viking Metal. As basis most probably Black Metal, but so much more built on top of it, grandiose melodies, variable vocals (blackish as well as clear-heroic), very good structures and arrangements, basically you cannot really compare FOREFATHER to any other band.
Already the opening title-track brings us for one Black Metallic guitars and a fast rhythm together with not so gruff Black Metal-vocals, but also traditional passages, calmer or just more melodic, with the excellent clear voice of Wulfstan, which adds its very special and own touch to the material. But also on the rest of the album we only get top-quality music, which never gets boring or shallow, but always knows to convince with own ideas and melodies, be it through intelligent use of keyboards, great guitar-leads or the vocals.
To point out highlights is almost impossible, because everything is on an equally high level and for a self-produced album the sound, too, has turned out to be great, so I can only tell you one thing: Search for this one and get it, it is absolutely worth it! (And maybe I should have given "Engla Tocyme" a 9, too…) (Online July 31, 2002)