SOULFORGE - FIELDS OF DECAY
Metal To Infinity
me be very clear right from the start and immediately announce that Australian
based Soulforge is one of the most promising Metal acts at the moment! Playing
their stuff in a US Power Metal tradition akin to the sound of Reverend, Priest
/ Maiden, Vicious Rumours, Metal Church, Pharaoh, Liege Lord, Phantom X, Wretch,
Imagika. Take it for real!
and founder Tomo Jovanovic started with Soulforge a few years ago, shortly
thereafter he was surrounded by a number of well trained soldiers of Metal such
as frontman Dale Corney (ex-guitarist Dungeon), former Fury bassist Aaron
Dewsbery, James Barlow (guitars) and drummer Byliara Bates. According to what I
personally feel, Soulforge are musically closely interlinked. There is one
particular musician I definitely noticed because of his superb guitar skills –
I’m talking about a young aged genius guitar wonder named James Barlow! He
turned a guitar around his neck at the age of 14, On Soulforge’s debut and
self financed album “Fields Of Decay”, he nearly gave me a cardiac arrest.
This youngster’s intense way of technical guitar playing is awesome!
Of Decay” is another fantastic Power Metal album unfortunately brought out
independently which is in the first place a costly affair for the band
themselves but… I will never understand why so many ‘worthless’ acts get a
record deal signed while great bands like Soulforge don’t.
It’s not the meaning to offend anyone but it’s just unfair! Record
companies on the hunt for something really good better make notice of Soulforge
contact them and offer these guys a well deserved record deal!
the fact this is an independent release, the booklet, inlay, cover art, etcetera
looks very professional to me. Also the sound quality scores high peaks really!
Ten songs are ready to blow you away by vocals in the vein of David ‘Metal
Church’ Wayne, ex-Imagika Norman Skinner, a bit of Biff Byford (Saxon) / Mark
‘The Shark’ Shelton. Soulforge must be sure they have a great singer in its
ranks. The guitar duels be fought to the death and delivers exceptionally a
beautiful spectacle including nice shreds, awesome melodies and killer riffs
made of solid steel. Drummer and bassist functioning as it should be, hard and
strong… I’m satisfied again.
Tower’ and ‘My Game’ are rather Thrash than Power Metal songs because of
the fast, Bay Area type of guitar riffs. Perfect voice and technical guitar
works to the extreme, in the end… neck breakers these tracks really are!
Classic Heavy Metal reigns at ‘Crimson Fire’ and ‘Abreaction’. The title
song is a special one to me due to the foundation is build up in a very
impressive way. A whole lotta package of great musical talent is what you can
expect during the following 7 minutes of pure Metal pleasure.
Last two works ‘Ten Thousand Years’ and ‘Viking March’ let the
debut album from Soulforge finish with a great form of conviction… power and
might, talent and confident reigns supreme!
Of Decay” has everything on board that’ll please your ears delivering great
and actually my beloved and everlasting style of music called US Power Metal. It
crawled under my skin way back in the 80s and I won’t let it out to none!
Great band, superb effort!!
My Points: 90 / 100 (Review by Stefan)