Rating:
9.0
After Forever - Decipher
2001


01. Ex Cathedra
02. Monolith Of Doubt
03. My Pledge Of Allegiance # 1 (The Sealed Fate)
04. Emphasis
05. Intrinsic
06. Zenith
07. Estranged (A Timeless Spell)
08. Imperfect Tenses
09. My Pledge Of Allegiance # 2 (The Tempted Fate)
10. The Key
11. Forlorn Hope
12. My Pledge Of Allegiance # 1 [live] [Swedish bonus]
13. Forlorn Hope [live] [Swedish bonus]


The sophomore release from gothic "metallers" After Forever is here, the debut Prison of Desire already had been a killer, but Decipher can hardly be put into words anymore!! After a very dark intro ['Ex Cathedra'] filled with violins and some choirs [After Forever use real classical musicians - violins, cellos, oboe, choir, and so on -], 'Monolith of Doubt' starts things out, the moment I heard the angelic voice of Floor Jansen I Knew that I was in love... but not everything is angelic.... the heavy guitars, the double bass and the growling/screaming voice of the male singers give perfect equilibrium, you're now listening an eternal fight the angel versus the demon!

The rest of the album is great too! With killer tracks like 'Emphasis', driven by heavy guitars and mid-paced double-bass, which are in contrast to the atmospheric keyboards and strings, 'My Pledge of Allegiance #2', which is one of the best tracks in the cd, perfectly alternating the atmospheric parts with the soprano vocals, and the heavy ones with black/death vocals, 'The Key' convinces with its variable song-structure. The closer 'Forlorn Hope', which features a Rabin speech at the end of the song, before some beautiful choirs wrap things up.

With all those gothic bands nowadays trying to copycat established acts like The Gathering and Tristania, After Forever is a breath of fresh air in the genre.


Band profile: After Forever
Album: Decipher


 


written by Undercraft | 26.08.2003



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albatros - 02.04.2008 at 12:46  
If there's one album, that has deserved to be in the Top 100 list of all times, then it's this album. It's the center of gravity in my personal metal universe.
Ellrohir - 30.08.2009 at 22:19  
I somehow only like "Monolith Of Doubt" from this album...this is such a great song, but the rest was nothing memorable for me
SatyriconChick - 18.01.2010 at 01:05  
I was just listening to this album up until it finished about 10 minutes ago. "Imperfect Tenses" just sends shivers up and down my spine; I love that song so much!
Paw!! - 27.04.2014 at 10:32  
All tracks was very good for me.

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