It’s always nice for someone like me who was raised into metal through Melodic Death to find a new and refreshing band that keeps that sub-genre alive. ENFORSAKEN do just that with their new album “The Forever Endeavor” and then some. Not only do they hire Niklas Sundin (worked with IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY), to do the cover of the album, but the sound and production is spot on with the greats of the genre past and present. ENFORSAKEN’s sound could probably best be boiled down to a merger of IN FLAMES and DARK TRANQUILLITY. The tones are reminiscent of both bands and anyone who wasn’t aware of the band’s roots would swear they hailed from the same Gothenburg neighbourhood as the Swedes.
“The Forever Endeavor” flows nicely alone at the right pace for most of the album to keep my ears attuned for the catchy hooking guitar riffs. My only complaint is that towards the end of the album some riffs sound like I’ve heard them before, if not on this particular album, on other albums from the genre so it didn’t offer a new twist on an old, albeit successful formula. ENFORSAKEN could have great success abroad in Europe since there is still a large market for Melodic Death Metal over there, but in North America their success could be sceptical at best.
I hope to hear the next release from ENFORSAKEN as I’m sure they’ll continue down the right path and not poison me with a simplifying of their music like some of the genre’s predecessors have done. (*cough* IN FLAMES *cough*). Personal bias aside let’s raise a glass to these Americans and hope they can carry the flame of Melodic Death Metal here and be the guiding light for more bands to take up the call. (Online May 1, 2004)