Every time we feature Danish rockers Forever Still on our online radio shows, The Bone Orchard and The Ringmaster Review, barely one play goes by without suggesting the band’s time for global recognition is nigh, thoughts seemingly replicated in the minds and responses of the listeners. The Copenhagen trio has yet to receive that deserved break, though every release certainly pushes them closer. Their new EP Save Me, is the most potential and ability equipped proposition from the band to date and if this does not rupture the broadest spotlights with accompanying successes than something is seriously wrong out there. Its three tracks explore the full range of the band’s songwriting and sound, seducing and savaging the senses with an imagination and passion which just leaves you hungry for much more.
The band since forming in 2010 has perpetually infused the music scene at home and increasingly further afield with a fresh breath of creative attitude and sound. In 2013, the band unveiled debut EP Breaking Free, a release seriously acclaimed by fans and media alike and emulated in success by the equally impressive and stature pushing Scars EP of last year. Both encounters lit a fire in the European independent rock scene if not yet quite to the level found in the passions of an increasing fan base. Now it is the turn of the exceptional Save Me EP to have a go at breaching broad horizons, a success impossible to bet against. The encounter flourishes once again from the melodic roar and harmonic seducing of Maja Schønning, and the maturely inventive songwriting of her and Mikkel Haastrup (bass / guitar / keyboards / drums). Backed by the skilled abilities of Dennis Post (guitar), the EP simply ignites ears and thoughts alike from its first breath.
Awake the Fire opens up the release and instantly grips the imagination with its initial tangy grooving. It is irresistible bait continuing intermittently across the song, holding its own against bulging rhythms and hungry riffs unleashed by the band. Once the ever compelling voice of Schønning takes ears in her potent hands, drums seem to elevate in boldness and intensity whilst the guitars cast a sonic tapestry as spicily aggressive as it is virulently imaginative. There feels like there is a new confidence within the song, indeed EP, compared to the band’s previous and seriously impressive offerings, every element of the song from writing to sound bearing a creative swagger and almost volatile passion. The track is a masterful roar of melodic and heavy rock, alone ensuring any old references to bands like Evanescence and Lacuna Coil are now redundant. Forever Still has evolved into something wholly unique, a fact quickly reinforced by the second song on the EP.
Breathe In opens with an electronic teasing before a vocal snarl from Schønning triggers a lively magnetic saunter of eager riffs and bewitching melodic grooves. That electronic coaxing still continues within the blossoming croon of a song, whilst a wiry bassline captivates as a more tempestuous yet still restrained atmosphere fuels the increasingly impressing encounter. The sudden eruption of carnivorous intent in voice and sound seals the deal on another outstanding proposal, an Otep like ferocity expelling its fury before the song relaxes once more ready for one final forceful eruption.
The EP closes with its title track where the band reveals they are just as able and striking at creating mellow but inflamed seductions soaked in emotional turmoil as they are with thunderous tempests. The song is bewitching, Schønning a poetic aural lure in a similar embrace of melodies from guitar and keys. Within its mesmeric textures though, an electronic agitation lurks and a more sombre bassline prowls, their pairing creating riveting shadows within the evocative fire of the melodic serenade. An underlying snarl also brings more depth and potency to the closing persuasion, reminding all again of the range and imagination within the invention of Forever Still.
Save Me is the most powerful and gripping release from Forever Still yet, building on past triumphs and exploring far loftier heights. Hopefully it will mark the moment the world catches on to band and their dramatically thrilling sound. If not now it has to happen some when soon.
The Save Me EP is out now as a name your price download at https://foreverstill.bandcamp.com/album/save-me-ep-name-your-price
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