Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Forgot: Burning Down, 2001 (Review)

Human folly explodes like missiles upon the face of civilization; crazy whistle of the falling bombs foreshadows imminent destruction. Nothing is bound to survive this catastrophe by the name of Forgot.
I found a copy of Burning Down in a cult black metal store in New York City provided by Hospital Productions, which sadly no longer exists. As a Russian myself, I was baffled to see my favorite Russian band CD in NY. I grabbed it without hesitation.

Deep and philosophical is the Burning Down. This is the story told by a melancholic witness of human self-destruction and human vice, someone, who is blessed with disability and, yet, able to see the true nature of the world. Such vision is not surprising for the far-eastern Russian band, which never gained as much attention as its neighboring national-socialistic bands. Forgot had never been involved in the NS trend pursued by many Russian black metal bands of that time and, perhaps, that's the reason why the project never received as much attention. Nevertheless, Forgot is well known and bears cult status among more advanced listeners of black metal. But, let me tell you, the Far East of Russia is not the prettiest place in terms of culture and living, which surely leaves its mark on the music by making it grim and hopeless. Last two or three years a lot of Russian bands were pulled out of the oblivion and this band deserves rebirth no less than others, especially in light of the new album, which has been finally released.

Fast-paced drums with clear blast-beats span through the whole album (sometimes repetative). Tremolo of the guitars flow up and down with god-like frenzy striking with the bolts of clear and captivating melody. Fourth track, on the other hand is slow and meditative, with ambient guitar solo halfway through and some deep guttural voice on the background.

Authentic and touching, melodies on the album trigger not only  deep feelings, but deep thoughts, which is very rare for the music in general. These are not ordinary melodies usually used by the next bm project; here you can actually enjoy something new and authentic. It forces you to inspect the surrounding environment and inner self for the presence of any flaw and fix it. Misanthropic texts on one hand and furious hymns of war on the other push you toward change by showing you the bitter truth. Renewal by destruction. This is another reason why the music of Forgot can be easily remembered, not due to its simplicity, but rather the beauty and thoughts it creates. Guitar sound is critical of the reality in a way that it rips open the soul of the listener exposing all the sadness and flaws that may be hidden within.

The overall atmosphere created by the album is apocalyptic and dystopian. It takes quite a while to regain former optimistic attitude toward the world (if you had one initially, of course). A proper imagery for such music will be  "The Sacrifice", a film by another great Russian artist Andrei Tarkovsky. It is not only my opinion, because in one of the interviews Wizard states his appreciation of Tarkovsky's films as well.

The only minor flaw of the album may be the drum parts, which are not as elaborate, as you would want to hear alongside such amazing melodies. Hopefully, the new album will create more rumors and attention this band really deserves.

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I wrote this little review a while ago, before the new album came out, which deserves mention of its own. 

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