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4.7 out of 5 stars
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After Forever
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on 21 February 2009
This was the Dutch symphonic metal group's first recording for a major label but was overlooked somewhat as it's 2007 release coincided with offerings from all the movements leading lights (Nightwish, Within Temptation, Therion and Epica to name but a few). It is easily as strong as any of these, if somewhat lacking the overall class of "Dark Passion Play". What the album does confirm is that Floor Jansen is THE most impressive female vocalist working this (or most other) genre(s).

The songs carry on the more accessible feel of their last release "Remagine" but their mixture of styles works to a greater extent than any of their previous recordings. Floor's vocals are the highlight and she floats effortlessly between her rock and symphonic voices in a way that none of her competitors can. Guitar riffs are very much metal based (unlike Within Temptation and Epica) and don't (thankfully) use the muffled fuzz sound of many of the newer metal groups.

Despite using all the tricks of the genre's trade (choirs, orchestral backing, grunts, Arabic melodies, tinkling pianos in quieter verses) much of After Forever's music is more like prog rock with lots of changes - Dreamflight is a classic example, and Floor's aria-like section halfway through is gorgeous. Check out "Withering Time" to hear how effective a soprano can be in a rock setting as unlike Tarja from Nightwish Jansen has real rock sensibility.

There's hardly a weak track here and "Discord", Energise Me" and "Equally Destructive" are catchy rockers. "Cry with a Smile" is a lovely ballad, and the closer "Lonely" is hugely prophetic, and now rather sad, as the group announced earlier this month that they are quitting. Seems a terrible shame in light of this excellent album and the fact that Floor is still in her twenties. Very highly recommended !
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on 15 December 2016
Heardt this album for few yors ago from a friend. Finally I got itself. Good Shape.
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on 13 February 2014
Floor's voice is so beautiful and the music allows her voice to really shine. Great head-banging stuff as well. Wow!
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on 12 January 2017
Brilliant
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on 27 May 2013
Amazing, shame on these guys have split now, the band formed from some of the members is very similar but just not as good
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on 16 September 2013
It was all that I expected
Love It,
It was packed well and did take long to get to me
Thanks
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on 1 June 2014
It was a gem of a discovery and a diamond to add to any collection. Brilliant to play soft or blast out
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on 16 November 2017
Floor Jansen is one of my favourite singers of all time, and I could easily give this album 5 stars just for the vocals alone. Despite early albums showing off her higher soprano notes, here she keeps her voice lower for the majority; but gives an extremely cool, confident performance. The vocals are matched with equally bombastic music. Joost’s keyboards are loud in the mix and often backed with orchestration from The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. After Forever’s albums have always sounded a bit rough, but they really stepped up their game with this one; it is really well recorded. I found myself instantly falling in love with this album, and there’s plenty of really memorable songs. “Discord” opens the album with alternating vocals between Sander and Floor, leading to a really powerful chorus. “Evoke” has a really powerful vocal performance from Floor; it’s a real treat. “Energize Me” is the most accessible song on here and makes a great single. “Who I Am” is a great duet with Doro (I don’t think I’ve heard Doro sound that good). Then there’s the 11 minute “Dreamflight”. What I’m trying to say here is that the album is full of great tracks, with plenty of variety to make them memorable.
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on 17 February 2008
I liked the music on this album, but felt some of the songs were spoilt by the lyrics. I like to be able to hear what is being sung, and so did not appreciate the female lyrics being contrasted by the male grunting (shouting as per heavy metal). This I felt lowered the score from at least a 4/5 to 3/5. If you don't mind this style of singing, you'll undoubtedly like the album more.

Otherwise, it's good to come across an alternative operatic rock/metal band to Nightwish. After Forever are part of a select few groups who take the trouble to write intelligent rock songs with music and lyrics that have a bit of zest.
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on 27 March 2017
A must-have in your collection! This album really has it all and has become one of my all-time favourites. Brilliant from start to finish.
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