Vera : Earlier this year, Golden Lake Productions re-released the first album of Forsaken 'Evermoore' with some bonus material. But now the time has come for new works! 'Dominaeon' is the third full-length album of this traditional doom metal band, native of Malta. Cut the cackle and come to the horses: 'Dominaeon' is their best album to date. 'Anima Mundi' was a meritorious bunch of pure doom in a rich Black Sabbath tradition (but with their own face), on this new album, everything is just a bit better: vocals are better, guitar solos are finer, sound, compositions…in brief, if 'Anima Mundi' deserved a firm eight, then we go for a score of nine this time.
Keyboardist Mario Ellul has left the band, but the absence of keyboards is not a lack and it creates the space for more ravishing guitar soloing. Since their former release, Forsaken has performed at renowned festivals such as Doom Shall Rise and Keep It True and obviously, this has spread their name and fame abroad.
After a heavy doom intro with monumental riffs, we have skilled guitar work in 'Dominaeon' and clean sonorous vocals of Leo Stivala, doing an excellent job all album long. By exquisite accelerations this doom metal never become too unwieldy or long-winded. A serene bell at the end of the song passes into 'Paradigm Of Chaos' which begins with bass and a mysterious atmosphere. This short track is sung in a thoughtful way. Recognizable Black Sabbath riffs with echoing resound in 'Obsidian Dreams'. Dark backing choirs scan Latin core aphorisms. Pithy guitar work with classic metal nature make me prick my ears. Delicious all over, almost empyrean, it gets in the quiescent 'The Celestial Alchemist'. An euphonious title, beautiful lyrics. This comes close to a prayer put on music with apocalyptic choirs and restless guitars towards the end. Contrasting with these are the basic but functional doom riffs of 'Daylight Dies', pre-eminent vocals suggestive of Dio a little bit, just like on the previous album. After an acoustic, instrumental intermezzo, 'Kenosis', 'Wretched Of The Earth' and 'Resurgam' are three brave, firm as a rock doom tracks adorned with matchless guitar skills, whispering and contemplative vocals until the resurrection ('Resurgam') is within reach.
There is another thing I want to mention, always striking me when I listen to Forsaken. How I enjoy their marvellous lyrics! Mainly rooted in deep-draught spiritual and religious subjects, brimming with metaphors and allegories, these lyrics are of an exceptional depth and beauty. They have a purifying effect on the listener. It gives a feeling of consummation to read, study and mutter them at last (I do not risk to sing along with them, he he). This is a standout album, impossible to put out of my installation at the moment!