Distributor/Label: Cruel Bones
Distributor/Label URL: http://cruelbones.tictail.com/
Released: October 2016
Buy Album [URL]: http://forletsires.bandcamp.com
Band Website: https://forletsires.bandcamp.com
Tobias Kalt – Guitars/Bass
Sebastian Vogt – Guitars
Kilian Schmid – Vocals
Daniele Brumana – Drums
1 – Journey Towards Ruin
2 – Suffocating On Time
3 – …And By Dawn There Will Be Silence
4 – The Peak Of Ease
5 – Deadlocked
6 – Worlds Collide
Hailing from Switzerland, Forlet Sires bring us their debut album, the aptly titled Journey Towards Ruin, aptly so because they pretty much have managed to pack in enough atmosphere and despair to make you truly believe that you are headed in precisely that direction. This is not a cheery journey, you won’t be skipping down the hallway listening to this with a broad grin on your face (well maybe if you are an Undertaker by trade), but it is a journey well worth undertaking (pardon the pun..).
I will not pick this album apart song by song as that would probably be doing it an injustice, it really is an album to listen to from beginning to end – a bit like Kauan’s epic Sorni Nai, you really need to take it as a whole to appreciate the bigger picture. I am by no means saying that this is a concept album or anything of the sort, it just makes more sense when allowed to flow as I am sure the artists intended.
The vocals can only be described as tortured, as one would expect with an album in this particular field of music, and the musicianship is of a very high standard. Guitars change from blaring open chords to clean harmonies with ease, The steady rumble of the Bass is always detectable behind it all, and the drumming is absolute quality. Daniele Brumana has absolutely excelled on this album, never over the top, always with just the right level of spot on to carry the songs forward, probably one of the better performances I have heard on an album all year.
Atmospherically the album also shines, it’s very easy to get lost in the music with a decent set of headphones, closing your eyes and letting it wash over you like dark waves in an ocean full of sorrow. If I must pick a standout it would be the subtlety of Deadlocked, a true creeper of a song if ever there was one, gently lapping at the edges of your soul like a half-remembered dream from another time, blasting with harsh reality towards the end to make sure you are still paying attention. A brilliant, haunting example of songwriting.
These Guys show a lot of promise, and I sincerely hope to hear more from them when the muse takes them again.