FORBIDDEN SEED – From Sand to Eternity
Rock Of Angels Records
In my town, Thessaloniki, we don’t have many heavy and power metal bands especially if you compare them with the bands of extreme metal. The few ones though that we have are really good. So, I was happy to see that a new band from my town that moves in the power metal genre has released its debut album entitled “From Sand to Eternity”. Actually as the band states this is an effort that started 10 years ago and finally they see all their efforts justified in their debut album.
THE COVER: There is definitely a symbolism on the cover. I think it has to do with the constant fight of humanity to win time, to surpass its mortality. In this struggle humanity has done both great and ugly things. This is the way I interpret the cover which also reflects the title of the album. On the painting you can see a huge desert plain and a hooded person (he might be a priest?) walking on it and ahead of him it is a sculpture of a huge human head. It is an impressive cover that makes you think…
MUSICAL STYLE: Musically as I have mentioned the band moves on the power metal genre. The difference though of FORBIDDEN SEED in comparison with the other power metal bands of my town is that they move musically on more U.S. power metal oriented paths. Actually the band combines the heavy metal melodies and riffs that have many references to such bands like IRON MAIDEN and JUDAS PRIEST with a bay area thrash metal oriented rhythm section. In some songs here you can also listen to some oriental tunes. Personally speaking the band reminded me a lot of groups like ICED EARTH and MYSTIC PROPHECY.
CONCLUSION: “From Sand to Eternity” is a well created and developed album that has to offer plenty of good moments to the listener. Of course as a debut it shows their influences, but it also shows a band that uses its influences as a basis where it builds its own musical ideas. The only thing that could be better in their debut album I think is the sound production.