FORGOTTEN SUNS – Revelations (EP)
Progressive metal has always been a passion of mine since discovering metal in general. Don’t get me wrong – sometimes I prefer simpler structures and three chords to just release tension. It’s just my brain seems to be wired for musical compositions filled with texture, dynamics, and risk taking maneuvers. Upon first listen, Portugal’s Forgotten Suns didn’t exactly hit my headspace with excitement, as the 5 songs contained within didn’t strike me as captivating or enriching. Several passes later songs such as “Doppelganger” and “The Hill” have a darker Metallica meets Dream Theater quality to them that perks up the eardrums a bit.
Closing with the 14:43 “Betrayed” (a reworking of a 2000 song from their "Fiction Edge" debut) , Forgotten Suns certainly explore the light and dark sides of their technical skills and songwriting chemistry as Nio Nunes sings with a clear, airy nature. I’ll admit there are some stunning parts on "Revelations" – but at the same time there’s no one song that grabs me in a way that “Pull Me Under” or “Take Hold Of The Flame” have through the years.