Forged In Black – Sinner Sanctorum EP
Release Date: 02/09/2017
Running Time: 26:19
Album Review Tsarina Wilson
Forged In Black have been around since 2013 (when they changed their name from Merciless Fail) and released their self-titled debut album that year (which was a re-release of the Merciless Fail material, with new tracks and artwork). They have worked with some epic producers who have worked with bands from Motorhead to Black Sabbath but have their own unique, high quality sound.
Their first EP proper “The Tide” was also released in 2013, as was the single ‘The Exodus’ which was produced by Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Bullet For My Valentine, Sylosis) These releases proved that Forged In Black were the real deal.
After teaming up with legendary producer Chris Tsangarides for 2016 EP “Fear Reflecting Fear” they decided that they didn’t want to mess about with a winning partnership and went back into the studio with Chris for this new EP “Sinner Sanctorum”. Let’s face it, Chris Tsangarides has worked with everyone (Judas Priest, Ozzy, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, UFO…the list is endless) and, once again, he has guided this band superbly with “Sinner Sanctorum” easily being the best material Forged In Black have released.
To start with the lead vocals of Chris ‘Stoz’ Storozynski are amazing and leave you in no doubt about this bands ability. His voice is both sharp and gritty and he possesses great range. Guitar work from Andy Songhurst and Chris Bone is awesome, playing riffs that are almost hypnotic and will have you playing air guitar wherever you are! Add to that the powerful drumming of Kev Rochester and bass of Kieron Rochester keep the boundless energy going throughout the duration of the EP.
Forged In Black have been on the road with likes of The Deep, Breed 77, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, Savage Messiah, Neverworld and Praying Mantis, to name but a few, and the confidence of this band shows through in their music! My favourite track is ‘Crimson Echoes ’with the beautiful guitar work at the beginning leading you into a false sense of security. Just when you think it’s going to be a gentle song BOOM a huge riff kicks in and vocals that have you reaching for the volume button to crank it up a bit louder!
I don’t see Forged In Black being on the road supporting other bands for much longer, they will be the headliner and the go to band for many metal fans filling concert venues wherever they go. They are the complete package… powerful and entertaining yet full of fury!
Forged In Black need to get a full length album released as they are just so good and I for one will be at the front of the queue to get my copy when it happens.
01. There’s Always Time
02. Pay The Price
03. Sinner Sanctorum
04. Crimson Echoes
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