One of the best things about working in the music world with a variety of labels, publicists and managers is that you get introduced to bands you most likely wouldn’t give a second thought to otherwise. With the amount of new releases on a consistent basis, these bands inevitably would get swallowed up and bypassed due to a busy schedule or potential sound of “been there, heard that”. Thankfully if a band has a great team, their potential under the radar release won’t be missed and in the end you find something you enjoy greatly. This is what happened with Portsmouth metal outfit Forever In Depths; a band I was previously unaware of. Formed in 2011, the band has slowly been making a name for themselves playing live shows and networking with other bands whenever possible, but never quite made a mark on the metalcore scene. 2016 is about to change all of that for the band as they release their new EP, Darkness, on April 29th.
While this release only contains 3 tracks, what it lacks for in longevity it makes up in replay-ability and catchiness in spades. The opening track, “The Storm” uses pounding and rhythmic drumming accompanied by guitar melody to build up an atmospheric sound until vocalist Jake Hale’s screams come flooding in. As the song moves along through the rhythm section, a melodic chorus takes center stage that will undoubtedly cause the listener to sing along amongst the non-stop energy the track is putting out. Thematically, this is the style and tone Darkness takes throughout in regards to its musicality and overall sound – let the instrumentation carry the songs with its guitar melodies, bouncy bass and ferocious drumming while delivering a clash of harsh and clean vocals to create an overall melodic delivery.
“Darkness” – the title track for the upcoming EP of Forever in Depths Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ForeverInDepthsBand/ Filmed and Edited by Marianne Harris: http://www.marianneharris.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/MarianneHarrisPhotography/
Don’t be dismissive of the fact that Darkness is only 3-tracks or that it leans towards the generic side of metalcore. What the sound may lack in innovation and progression, Forever In Depths give listeners an incredibly well polished and produced style that checks all the right boxes, Darkness is worth any metal fans time. Each track offers a unique tone and style change that differentiates them enough to stay fresh while still maintaining a signature sound. Looking at the EP at face value, it’s a hard hitting, catchy and repeatable release that showcases what this relatively unknown band from Portsmouth is capable of. Sometimes when it comes to music, that’s all we really want.