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Forbidden Seed – From Sand to Eternity


Last Updated on 08:06 PM by Giorgos Tsekas

Genre: Heavy Metal / Power
Country: Greece
Label: ROAR
Year: 2015

I’ll inappropriately use this space of review / presentation of Forbidden Seed’s new record just as long as my rank for the record is justified, but it’s also a good chance to point out 2 or 3 things. In the ’90s when very good extreme music was being written and there was a medley of musical ideas and open horizons, in Greece we composed the “average epics” and used to glorify bands that cause laughter in every music enthusiast that respects himself. That’s how heroes, such as Iced Earth, were formed, who used to have great sales, satisfying their distributor’s wishes or the personal interests of their fans that at that time used to be authors at music magazines that culminated at the time. In this crime there was an accomplice as well, as the Greek crowd accepted the invitation of “It takes two to tango” and not only did they dance, they partied on top of the Americans’ albums, which, if you exclude the first three, their discography is below average. I’m not in position to charge the sins of that crowd on the backs of Forbidden Seed of course… The resemblance of their music with that of Iced Earth made me write the above. No, I’m not implying that the Thessalonians are Iced Earth’s clones! The guitars have some Schaffer-ish character but that’s it. In general they move towards a more “power” direction away from thrash elements, while Kamelot and Mystic Prophecy seem to exist vividly in Forbidden Seed’s music. The ideas are fresh but need some more work especially on tenor vocals, which sound weak. Generally, if you get over the hurdle of the similarities you’ll find elements that the Greek crowd likes, even after a delay. From my point of view this delay causes sympathy towards the band, as they do what they love and they’re not trying to get a share of the pie of success made by Iced Earth. By clemency, because we are dealing with a debut release, having heard other works of Constantin Maris and Dimitris Goutziamanis, I expect more juice in the next album.

The cover is strong as an image but misleading, as a more progressive tinge is created, even though that’s not the band’s direction.


Giorgos Tsekas
Giorgos Tsekas
"Κάποτε Όταν Θα ‘χουμε Καιρό... Θα Σκεφτούμε Πάνω Στις Ιδέες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Στοχαστών, Θα Θαυμάσουμε Τους Πίνακες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Ζωγράφων, Θα Γελάσουμε Με Όλους Τους Χωρατατζήδες, Θα Φλερτάρουμε Όλες Τις Γυναίκες, Θα Διδάξουμε Όλους Τους Ανθρώπους" Μπ. Μπρεχτ

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