Cleveland and surrounding areas has been home to some notable metal bands, some of which are still going strong. Youth Forgotten members are veterans of Cleveland’s metal scene. Jim LaMarca, formerly of Chimaira, formed this band teaming up with former Chimaira producer Rob Arnold. Youth Forgotten features drummer Rob Walters(Salt the Wound), lead guitarist Matt Brewer(Integrity), vocalist J.C. Koszewski(Dead Even), and guitarist Aaron Solo(Above this Fire). Listening to the album you easily pick up on the different genres and influences in the overall sound. “Ghost of a Fallen Empire” was a surprising album musically, I was expecting an album that was brutal metal, what I got was so much more diverse.
This album is packed with intensity speaking to the injustices of the world. This message of intolerance was eloquently and energetically stated by the previous collective efforts of its members. Youth Forgotten might have something special with this debut release. Elements of punk, thrash, hardcore and late 90’s metalcore are intertwined together flawlessly on this album. Listeners from all walks of life can appreciate and enjoy this album and get a different message from it. Overall, I compare the sound and song structure to a combination of Sworn Enemy, Throwdown and Hatebreed. Vocally I feel this album is solid, but it left me wanting more dynamics from it. The riffs are heavy with quality breakdowns throughout the album.
“Anthem” was my personal favorite as it starts out the album as a high energy adrenaline rush, with a few twists. I was anxious to hear what the rest of the album had to offer.
“Proposed Existence” is one of the heavier tracks on the album. Vocally driven, this track has a frenetic pace that will have listeners banging their head. I can already see the brutal mosh pit that will form when it is played live.
“Nobody Cares” is authentic metalcore, with fast paced guitar, heavy grooves and a nice low end sound that should make it a fan favorite.
As a debut release, this is an impressive album front to back. Listeners should applaud the musicianship of this band that sounds like they have been playing together their whole life. If their past success in the metal scene is any indication of things to come for this band, then audiences should take notice of this release. This is only a warm-up for Youth Forgotten and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
I give this album an insane 8 out of 10 horns \m/