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After Forever Import

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2007 Japanese edition of the Nederlandse symphonic metal band's self titled album includes two bonus tracks: "Lonely" and "Sweet Enclosure".

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Discord
  2. Evoke
  3. Transitory
  4. Energize Me
  5. Equally Destructive
  6. Withering Time
  7. De-Energized
  8. Cry With A Smile
  9. Envision
  10. Who I Am
  11. Dreamflight
  12. Empty Memories
  13. Lonely
  14. Sweet Enclosure


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 7, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Avalon Japan
  • ASIN: B000NVTHR8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I am a After Forever first timer, I bought this CD to check them out before going to their show in Bedford, NH. Yeah, I was one of the 40 showing up, what a shame :-). Anyway...

This is a pretty much perfect symphonic metal CD.

After Forever's music is a thick but not muddy background of two guitars and keyboard. Somebody did a good job to keep these these apart and away from the voice, you have a medium-high speed background that drives the music forward.

Not that Floor's voice needs protection, it is extremely powerful. More of a direct, no-nonsense voice, always keeping in the "singing range", never shouting or screaming. There are some growly male vocals in here, but much less than other bands with growls.

There is a number of ballads on there and again, After Forever just know how to do it. No bombastic landslide style instruments. Show off the voice, support it properly. Many songs show good variety, including "Dreamflight" which is an 11 minute true symphonic piece.

This is not death or trash or speed metal, I would describe it as a mix of symphonic and power metal. I hesitate to mention power metal at all, because After Forever have "true" power from Floor's voice and they are not at all like some European power metal acts that spend their time posing and fiddling with guitar effects. Speaking of guitar work, there are nice pieces of that in here (although somebody needs his wah-wah time limited).

I haven't checked out the extra DVD yet but since this CD is a clear 5 out of 5 anyway I can as well write a review now.

Overall After Forever are the rising Star in my favorite band list, so please excuse me now while I order their other CDs.
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Windows Media classifies After Forever simply as "metal," and I can think of no better description for this recording. Any metal fan will most likely find something appealing. As with most identifiably "metal" styles, the guitar, bass, and drums are predictably unified in tight unisons, grooves, and riffs, creating a wall of sound that seemingly harnesses the voices of Nordic gods. When mythologically large guitars just aren't big enough, After Forever refers to metal's great-grandfather - the Wagerian orchestra.

If this description seems over-the-top, it is intended as such. There is no lack of bombast on "After Forever." Although the traces of "classic" metal can be teased out (Dokken, Scorpions, and Dio, for example), and periodically the ghost of Dream Theater wanders the halls, it is Queensryche's melodramatic approach that is most palpable. If you can imagine Pat Benatar singing lead for Queensryche with one of Dream Theater's early keyboardists on board, you might be able to approximate the band's sound.

Lead singer Floor Jansen is in incredible form on "After Forever." Occasionally, she sheds her Benataresque rock voice and veers into fully operatic style, possibly toeing the line on acceptable bombast. I don't like it when male vocalists go there, and now I know that I am not sexist in this prejudice. Live and learn. Most of the time, however, her voice is powerful, distinctive, and feminine - possibly one of the better lead voices working today. After Floor, keyboardist Joost van den Broek also deserves mention. At the inception of metal, a keyboardist was considered bad mojo, and bands like Europe did little to refute this conception. However, Dream Theater changed that considerably, especially when Jordan Rudess came on board.
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After listing to the album a couple of times I realized that it is one of, if not the greatest, album After Forever has released. The album has a lot of energy. The music is powerful and the vocals are amazing. Floor continually shows that she is the greatest female singer in her genre. With every new release, she seems to improve.
I always find myself saying, " This is her pinnacle," but she continues to improve. If you are new to the band, this is a great album to start with. You will find that they will quickly become one of your favorite bands.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review.
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It's unusual for an established band to bring out a self-titled album. In this case, it makes sense. Under Mark Jansen in 1997-2002, After Forever was an early developer of the progressive metal sound that combined metal, death grunts and growls, and female lead vocals. When he left to found the great symphonic metal band Epica, After Forever struggled to find a new direction (and, for that matter, a new label).

This album represents an essentially reconstituted vision of the band. It moves away from "progressive" elements such as symphonic compositions, linked songs, or theme albums. Instead, it brings Floor Jansen's vocal talents to the center stage. That's an excellent decision. She can take the simple structures and instrumentation of a song like "Energize Me" and make it work by changing her timbre, projection, and style to carry the song forward.

The rest of the band is pretty standard metal: two guitars, keyboard, and drums. The songs are rockers and ballads, and they're not trying to be more than good songs. I liked the first half of the album more than the second half - - if they'd kept up the quality of the first half, this would be a five-star classic.

All together, it's a good metal band fronted by an amazing vocal talent. Most important, they have decided that this is what they are and are writing and performing as a unit.
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