Having recently signed to Prosthetic Records, melodic death metal duo Foretoken are preparing to release their debut album, Ruin (released on September 4th). The core band of Steve Redmond (guitars and orchestral compositions) and Dan Cooley (lyrics and vocals) enlisted Hannes Grossmann (Triptykon, Hate Eternal, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist) on drum duties for the extraordinary album.
Combining symphonic elements with genres such as folk metal, melodic death, tech deaths, and black metal, have allowed Foretoken to create something familiar yet distinct. By merging various forms of extreme metal, Foretoken creates captivating sonic landscapes for their mythology-inspired stories. Myths and legends have often been used as narrative devices used to tell cautionary tales of pain, rage, and lament. Foretoken’s cinematic approach to songwriting transports the listener into these stories from beginning to often tragic end.
We asked Steve to talk us through three albums that have musically influenced him and Foretoken the most…
Necrophagist – Epitaph
I heard this album for the first time when I was around 20 years old or so. My friend came over and said something along the lines of “you’ve gotta hear this, it’s insane.” He popped it in the stereo and I heard the opening riff on ‘Stabwound’ and I was immediately blown away. I didn’t know humans could play like that. It had a huge impact on me as a guitarist.
Emperor – IX Equilibrium
This album also caught me by surprise. Although I was already aware of and liked Emperor, I feel like this album really showcased what the band was capable of musically. While some might disagree, in my opinion, this is the first Emperor album where Ihsahn really defined his signature sound. I love how it’s so dissonant and chaotic, while still managing to be epic and melodic. To this day I give this one a spin when I need to feel inspired.
Death – Individual Thought Patterns
In my opinion this is their best work. This is the sickest Death line-up as well. While Chuck is a huge influence on me, the first thing that stood out to me on this album was Steve Di Giorgio’s fretless bass and Gene Hoglan’s ridiculously innovative drumming. Throw in the Andy LaRocque solos, and Chuck’s brilliant song writing and you get one of the best death metal albums of all time. While I love my OSDM, I think what makes Death unique is that Chuck took their music in a different direction and really developed something unique.