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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Before Floor Jensen joined Nightwish, she paid her dues in After Forever. Classic European power metal.Published 11 months ago by danybhoy
This album is ridiculously good. Perfect from start to finish. This is what Symphonic Metal should sound like. The whole thing rocks, with full emotion to spare. Read morePublished 20 months ago by jimthar
Don't know how much more than my headline and what others have said I can add. Floor Jansen, to put it simply, delivers. Read morePublished on June 23, 2014 by s.p.h.
some of the best music I discovered over the many years. can't share it with everyone cause of the gruntsPublished on February 28, 2014 by fish
I recently discovered this band after listening to a lot of other symphonic metal, like Nightwish, WT and Epica. I was extremely impressed with this band and album. Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by itstherobotdevil
This is a great deubut for After Forever, and it's hard to believe that Mark Jansen and Floor Jansen both started here. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Ultimate Squirrel
I've recently started listening to these female-led symphonic metal (Is that the term? I don't actually know), and I've purchased a few albums by Delain, Elysion, Evanescence and... Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by Teri Gee
Good songs, the melodies tend to roll together. Strong sound, good lyrics & vocals, just needs a little more care to round out their style. Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by Logan J. Neal