Witherfall – Sounds of the Forgotten Review

“Sounds of the Forgotten” is one of the most awaited albums of the year and I almost forgot to review it. Yeah, the album was kind of lost between my emails. I mean the album was there but I wasn’t able to read the name of the band. Can you believe that? It was only yesterday – its release date – that I realized the album was there, I mean I read the name of the album and the band. C’est la vie.

Well, now we’re on it I have to say “Sounds of the Forgotten” is much better than 2017’s “Nocturnes And Requiems” we reviewed here. In fact, many will kill me for what I’m saying, but to some extent, this is pure Judas Priest’s “Painkiller” era without the occasional keyboards. There I said it. First of all, album warmer “They Will Let You Down” is blast inspired on the album tittle. Judas Priest’s, of course. That’s right, I’m overdoing, but the feeling is exactly this one. The balance between high pitches and acid vocals vocalist Joseph Michael do here do remind me of “Painkiller.” Sorry, I can’t help it. Can you honestly tell vocalist Joseph Michael’s pitches on “What Have You Done” aren’t just inspired on Rob Halford? Very hard to say no, isn’t it?

Okay, let’s give it a break and talk about ballads. “Where Do I Begin” is a somewhat perfect balance between 1980’s power ballads and modern ballads with a Progressive Metal touch. It’s also hard not to realize Witherfall’s musicians aren’t talented. Yes, they are. And they prove it all along “Sounds of the Forgotten.” The insane and pounding mood of “Insidius” is something we have to praise. It’s very difficult to play that way with that velocity. Take a look at the guitar leads. Awesome. The same happens to other relentless blast called “Ceremony of Fire” and its fater than life rhythm. It’s awesome how the band is able to have so many breaks during the song and still keep the faith. By the way, this album is full of them. Maybe just one thing that Witherfall do best.

As I said before, “Sounds of the Forgotten” is much better than the previous album I heard. It’s possible to tell otherwise, but this one keeps in very tight hands the equilibrium between the power and the glory. Sometimes faster than life, other times gentle and subtle always keeping in mind prowness is always the answer. That’s Witherfall.

Witherfall “Sounds of the Forgotten” was released on My 31st via Deathwave Records.

Track Listing:

  1. They Will Let You Down
  2. Where Do I Begin
  3. A Lonely Path
  4. Insidious
  5. Ceremony of Fire
  6. Sounds of the Forgotten
  7. Aftermath
  8. When It All Falls Away
  9. Opulent
  10. What Have You Done

Watch official music video here: