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Review from Toilet Ov Hell

Posted by Nick Skog on Friday, September 18, 2020, In : English 
From: Toilet Ov Hell
Published: September 16, 2020

There’s something about sadness.

My recent fondness for Wills Dissolve both lessened my aversion to albums consisting of long songs and had me bumbling around on the Hypnotic Dirge Bandcamp page. There I came across Forlesen‘s debut. Released all the way back in April, the album cover did seem to ring a bell, but I hadn’t checked it out yet, perhaps due to the format. Two tracks instead of just one, but both clocking in at aro...

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Review from V-M Underground

Posted by Nick Skog on Monday, September 7, 2020, In : English 
From: V-M Underground
Published: September 7, 2020

This is different and for someone surely difficult to swallow. Forlesen present their debut two track debut album and even though there are just two tracks this record has a duration of about 40 minutes.

The two tracks roughly cut the album in half. As far as the genre is concerned, Forlesen is labelled as experimental avant-garde Black Metal. But are they a second Ulver? I don‘t think so. Different bands in the same genre can pla...

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Review from Metal Storm

Posted by Nick Skog on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, In : English 
From: Metal Storm
Published: June 15, 2020

Hierophant Violent is the debut album from Forlesen, a trio comprised of individuals with ties to the likes of Lotus Thief, Botanist, Kayo Dot and Maudlin Of The Well. With pedigree like that, it's safe to assume Forlesen may sound quite distinctive; however, Hierophant Violent is less weird than one might expect.

Containing two tracks that form roughly equal halves of the album, Hierophant Violent falls a tad short of 40 minutes in length,...

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Review from Metal Temple

Posted by Nick Skog on Monday, June 1, 2020, In : English 
From: Metal Temple
Published: May 28, 2020 

There’s an old saying on many countries that where Portuguese is spoken: “there’s more than a way to skin a cat”, and on Metal, it means that two (or more) different bands can play a same Metal genres, but sounding completely different. Think about the differences between DARKTHRONE and ABRUPTUM as a fine example. The first plays in a raw and traditional form, and the other uses different elements to create the same darkened and m...

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Review from The Sleeping Shaman

Posted by Nick Skog on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, In : English 
From: The Sleeping Shaman
Published: May 18, 2020 

Well this is a weird little entity, Hierophant Violent by Forlesen, this is not just a switch on and turn up the volume kinda deal, this is a ritual. This is a lights off, eyes closed, laying horizonal, and empty your thoughts kind of affair. If I said this was unlike anything I’ve heard before I wouldn’t be lying, it’s completely its own thing, and if you like the thought of being taken away sonically, even without the use o...

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Review from Valley of Steel

Posted by Nick Skog on Saturday, May 9, 2020, In : English 
From: Valley of Steel
Published: May 8, 2020

Well, seems like it’s about time to check in on what’s happening with our northern neighbors at Hypnotic Dirge. Here’s a new record they came out with within the past month — and if their history of quality releases wasn’t enough to recommend checking it out, surely that gorgeous artwork (produced by Benjamin A. Vierling) will draw you right in.

It turns out Hierophant Violent is the debut offering from a new ensemble from the S...

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Review from The Sound Not The Word

Posted by Nick Skog on Friday, May 1, 2020, In : English 
From: The Sound Not The Word
Published: April 30, 2020

Given that it contains members of Lotus Thief, Kayo Dot, Botanist, and TSNTW favourites Palace of Worms, there’s high hopes for Hierophant Violent, the debut album from Forlesen. Such background means that expectations for a challenging, adventurous listen are probably fair, and Hierophant Violent meets them in superb style. Consisting of two lengthy tracks (each is almost twenty minutes long), the album is not afraid to take...

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Review from Machine Music

Posted by Nick Skog on Friday, May 1, 2020, In : English 
From: Machine Music
Published: April 25, 2020

 I guess this is going to be one of those chill, atmospheric posts, huh? Anyhow, another wonderful proggy post-whatever release comes from Forlesen, a collective comprised of accomplished musicians such as: drummer Sam Gutterman, who played on Kayo Dot's masterpiece Choirs of the Eye, Balan of Palace of Worms and, of course, formerly of Botanist; and Alex Lindo of Botanist and Nero Order. A lot of creative firepower, in other words, one...

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Review from Invisible Oranges

Posted by Nick Skog on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, In : English 
From: Infernal Masquerade Magazine
Published: April 21, 2020

One of the very few advantages of the COVID-19 pandemic is that we can now work from home and listen to music non-stop. As one of the more interesting releases to creep into our inbox, today we have Forlesen and their two song, 36 minute release “Hierophant Violent”. Featuring members of Lotus Thief, Kayo Dot, Botanist, Maudlin of the Well this band creates a transcendental musical experience with a very powerful and ...

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Review from Musipedia of Metal

Posted by Nick Skog on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, In : English 
From Musipedia of Metal
Published: April 20, 2020

Forlesen are a 3 piece based in the Bay Area. The band have been together since 2018, and can be seen as a super group; Ascalaphus (Vocals, Guitar, Synths, Harmonium) is also in Botanist, Nero Order and Lotus Thief, Bazaelith (Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Synth) is also in Lotus Thief, Botanist and Palace Of Worms and Maleus (Drums) is also in Kayo Dot and Vesper Moth. Hierophant Violent is the first material the band have released. The ban...

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Review from Angry Metal Guy

Posted by Nick Skog on Friday, April 17, 2020, In : English 
From: Angry Metal Guy
Published: April 17, 2020

A hierophant – a word I was dimly aware of but confess that I had to look up – is a person who leads the religious into the presence of that which is deemed holy by the relevant congregation. It also a card in the tarot deck and at least one of its meanings is that of a teacher or counselor who aids the seeker in the acquisition of knowledge. Both of these meanings are wholly appropriate for Bay Area trio Forlesen’s debut, Hiero...

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Review from Wonderbox Metal

Posted by Nick Skog on Friday, April 17, 2020, In : English 
Review from: Wonderbox Metal
Published: April 17, 2020

Forlesen are from the US and play doom. This is their debut album.

There are only two lengthy tracks on this album, but with a total duration of 36 minutes, that matters not. The band members in Forlesen have a lot of experience with atypical music, as they play in a variety of bands such as Lotus Thief, Kayo Dot, Botanist, Maudlin of the Well, Nero Order, Palace of Worms, and Vesper Moth.

Forlesen play a non-standard form of lon...

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Review from Grizzly Butts

Posted by Nick Skog on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, In : English 
Review from: Grizzly Butts
Published: April 14, 2020

‘Hierophant Violent’ is the debut full-length from San Francisco Bay area atmospheric rock/ambient metal project Forlesen consisting of two extended (~17+ minutes each) pieces that aren’t so much challenging as they are evocative, and demanding of a patient and willingly immersed mind. Their whole gig consists of atypical ambient post-rock with some subtle extreme metal elements that’ll be particularly warming if you’re...

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Review from Invisible Oranges

Posted by Nick Skog on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, In : English 
Review from: Invisible Oranges
Published: April 14, 2020

This is… not beginner’s music. It is wonderful, but Hierophant Violent‘s abstract sounds woven into a droning, doomed atmosphere find themselves at a more advanced end of the music spectrum, and, boasting members of Botanist, Kayo Dot, Lotus Thief, and more, this should be expected. Enter listening to this album with an open mind and expanded attention span, because you will be rewarded.

Reviewed by: Jon Rosenthal

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Review from Wicked Metal Review

Posted by Nick Skog on Sunday, April 5, 2020, In : English 
From: Wicked Metal Review
Published: April 3, 2020 

Bay area trio Forlesen are gearing up to release their debut record, Hierophant Violent, on April 18th. The band are no strangers to the scene, being comprised of members from Lotus Thief, Kayo Dot and Botanist. The attitude that is presented upon this record, however, is entirely brand new.

The record is extremely daunting, with only two tracks on it yet STILL clocking in at 36 minutes of play time! The hypnotic drone/epic doom li...

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 Released: April 18, 2020
Genre: Ambient / Doom / Black Metal