'Last Of The Line'
Yup, both me and Forefather are still here, just like the first time we crossed paths, around the time of their excellent 'The Fighting Man' album. Loved them back then, sure I did, but will have to admit that post 'Engla Tocyme' stuff wasn't greeted with the same interest and sympathy as the first three CDs on my part. Not that those were bad, friends of mine were holding the band in high regard and I've been nodding approvingly, for the music was of decent quality. I've probably missed the initial 'spark' that first got me into the band, or was it the increasing heavy metal influence in their tunes on the expense of the black metal vibe (think Burzum) which was a vital part of Forefather for me? Whatever. 'Last Of The Line' continues in a much similar vein and one has to admire Wulfstan and Athelstan for their ongoing dedication keeping up the strong Anglo-Saxon vibe that has become synonymous for Forefather in the band's 15 years of existence. Those hymns to the ancient lore of the British isles could give you goosebumps, the passion is undeniable and the melodies are super memorable, displaying vivid pictures of medieval times and places in the listener's mind. This is the kind of epic sounding metal that could attract interest in various types of fans, from those adoring Iron Maiden and Manowar to the Viking-era Bathory hordes, guys this is just the right album for you. Pagan metal in the cheesy way this is not but it's a great, moving, piece of folklore influenced metal that could charge your batteries for the long day of work/school that lies ahead. 'Last Of The Line' is also available directly from Seven Kingdoms, band's own label. Metalhit.com offers digital download, next to the proclaimed 'US version', which turns out to be a mere CD-R, of all possible mediums. [7,5]