REVIEW: Seedna - Forlorn

SEEDNA
FORLORN
TRANSCENDING OBSCURITY RECORDS

Seedna's Forlorn is an exercise in emotion, a swath of myopic themes ranging from the melancholy to that of shattered hopes and endless regrets. It's all about depression, and, to me, it's about as depressing as an album can get. For some people this is a welcoming experience, and for the most part I can understand that, but though Forlorn perfectly captures its themes - there are some flaws.

Forlorn is good, most of it. Seedna doesn't dwell on its black metal influences and doesn't seem to be afraid of branching out towards sub-genres like progressive and doom. Things change enough to keep a listener invested (unless they're of a softer breed, then you'll most likely just scare the hell out of them) and I really appreciate it's more 'insane' moments - such as a certain lyrical spiral that happens on the track 'Frozen.' The pitch laden, almost hardcore-punk vocal style really gives Forlorn a sharper edge then most hybrid-genre albums and it provided a desperate tone that really complimented the lyrics and song-writing. Some moments really had me harking back to older My Dying Bride, the tone being highly reminiscent of albums like 'Light at the End of the World.' However, there is a huge downside to this: themes, lyrics, and song-writing that encompasses feelings reminiscent to that of misery often sound, well, miserable. And, misery is a grating experience that makes people feel numb, aimless, and without passion. The sheer amount of repetition that can occur on some of Forlorn's tracks perfectly encompasses this, but mostly when it comes to cleaner playing and, more specifically, the song 'Passage.'

On 'Passage' you will experience the following: endless unchanging repetition, no variety whatsoever, and a backing effect that sounds like someone just dumped pop-rocks on their tongue. The latter effect almost completely turned me off this album, I'm not sure what Seedna was going for but it becomes unbearably grating almost instantly. The whisper-like passages of this song are lost to me because I was spending too much time trying to power through the song's flaws. Worse yet? The very same effect is repeated as a backing-track for the song 'Eternal' - at least that track manages to escape the drudgery of this song's repetition, though it is still grating.

Don't get me wrong, I do like Forlorn and I could go on about how good it is all day. Seedna had truly captured depression and melancholy well, without being DSBM (thank you) and, no doubt about it, I'll be listening to tracks like 'Abyssus' for a while to come.  Though, that being said, it's because of this that the album's few negative aspects are made more apparent. Metal albums aren't supposed to be perfect however, especially those who carry the moniker of black or blackened, and those able to push past Forlorn's few flaws will find themselves pleasantly surprised by there is to be found.