Forever Still – Save Me (EP)

Whenever I open a “rock” promo I always fear that I’m going to either encounter a Nickelback-esque project that somehow decided Metal Blast was their target audience, or just a pop band that considers itself heavy because they added a couple of distorted guitars in their mix (I’m looking at you, Ravage Rose). Forever Still are none of that.

Save Me, the third EP in the band’s catalog, is a remarkable piece of work, because it seems to go out of its way to showcase the band’s versatility. Instead of just finding a comfortable sound and sticking to it, what they have done here is to use these 3 songs to demonstrate the range of sounds and emotions that they are able to convey. This is how, for example, Awake the Fire” gives off some hints of the kind of melodies you’d expect in a HIM album,  while Breathe In” has some metalcore elements (coupled with Maja Schonning‘s excellent growling), and “Save Me” conveys the kind of melancholy you’d come to expect from a Lacuna Coil album.

For a band that has been compared with Lacuna Coil (just check their song “Scars“, Forever Still were at risk of just coming off as derivative, and so using this EP to showcase their range was a great idea. While this may not be the kind of thing you’ll be moshing to, there’s enough space to headbang. I’m looking forward to what they can do with a full release.

Forever Still – Save Me (EP)
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J Salmeron
Considered by his mother as the brightest and prettiest boy, J's interest in metal started in his early teens, listening to bands like Iron Maiden and Metallica (coupled with an embarrassing period in which Marilyn Manson "totally represents me, man") eventually moving into the realm of power, black, and death metal. He is a practicing attorney, and a lecturer on commercial law. He is also a terrible guitar player and martial artist, and someone who enjoys coming up with excuses as to why he has to miss work after going to a concert. He also dabbles as a concert photographer, you can see his sub-par work on his instagram.
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