From the recommendation of the PR wire who provided this album for listening and reviewing, I decided to listen to this second EP by Forest God, a project by Aalborg, Denmark-based composer Peter Kiel Jørgensen. Forest God is definitely hard to peg in terms of genre. The project’s style is heavy, but not in the way of normal tech metal or progressive rock/metal bands. There isn’t much in the way of riffing or pretentious, cheesy cliches. Forest God is completely different, really, and they are here to win an uphill battle.
“Back to the Forest” is an affair that is always interesting and spell-binding. Indeed, I think that is the most impressive aspect here: the music grabs, holds and doesn’t let go. The EP builds a wonderful wall of sound using offbeat drumming with amazing fills, a refreshing bass work and plenty of atmospherics by keyboards and Melotron. One of the things you will notice right away is the fact that Forest God is very comfortable with odd time signatures. “The Long Night” is an easy example of this, as the song never quite feels “right” the first time through, but then your mind will grasp the beat in all of its intangible glory in subsequent listens. In the end, the composition is genius, beautiful and absolutely mind-boggling to perform.
The EP never really stops, though. “Solveig,” “The Promise” and “Brother” continue the incredible composition, though I feel that they are slightly more accessible. Track after track full of instrumental fireworks passes by, and the listener is blown away time and again by the fullness of the sound and the ease with which Forest God establishes a groove. This project has a penchant for creating ethereal atmospheres that blow right over your head, but then come back and smack you in the spine with their genius.