sForzato – “Fallen” CD Single Review
sForzato’s 2-track single was released in July 2013 and is the second CD single from this young band. Released under Art Pop’s newest label, Fourthgate Records, the tracks were produced with the guiding hands of NoGoD’s Kyrie and Shinno. In comparison to sForzato’s first CD release (the now sold out Pain and Silence), the single not only shows a big improvement in production but also an increased assurance from the band in terms of their own sound.
Describing themselves as a metal band (a rather wide-ranging term), sForzato don’t immediately come across as a visual kei band on title track “Fallen.” The opening guitar riff has a grimy quality to it reminiscent of Guns `n Roses, accompanied by a pace that is less amped up than many of their contemporaries. The song is wound through with a guitar melody punctuated with pinch harmonic squeals that lends itself more towards the motifs that characterize metalcore. Vocalist Cedo perhaps lends the most “visual” element to the sound with his singing, which for this number has a balladic range to it that complements the more classic styling of the song.
“Genjitsu” picks up the pace with a crunchy guitar riff and rolling beat throughout. The number is darker in tone but balances a heavy sound with a lighter chorus. Changes in pace throughout keep the listener engaged and, again, Cedo’s clean vocals provide a softer counterpoint to the metal going on behind them. For those new to sForzato, “Genjitsu” is a good place to start as it encapsulates the band’s overall sound very well.
Having had NoGoD on hand has definitely rubbed off of on sForzato musically and a busy live schedule over the last 6 months has paid dividends to their live performance as well. Their more classic rock/metal sound is pulled off well on this single and provides something a little different from the current crop of young VK bands. sForzato also have two online singles available for download, so should you like this release, you can get another fix from iTunes, too.