Joey Feral, a metal musician and multi-instrumentalist from Tabusintac, New Brunswick (which appears to be more of an intersection than a town, honestly), released his second full-length album in November of 2017 under the name of his solo project, Feral. Forever Resonating In Blood is a chilling record, and one that conveys a darkened mood like what I imagine living in rural New Brunswick is like.
The record starts off softly, with an acoustic guitar strumming over howling winds. Feral is a solid musician and only further proves it as more elements get introduced on this record, eventually contributing spine-tingling screams, some excessively multi-layered guitars, and grooving baselines alongside some programmed drums. Admittedly, none of these elements sound particularly pleasant on their own, but when put together, make for a punchy blend of sounds. The production is very in-your-face, yet still feels as raw and harsh as Feral’s vocal delivery.
One of my favourite things about the record is how diverse it for a black metal album. At fifty-five minutes, this kind of music is easily something I could tire of, but Feral isn’t shy to showcase clean electric and acoustic guitars on some of these tracks. Even a mandolin is played as the sole piece of the instrumental interlude “Leila’s Rainbow”. The reverb-heavy instrument re-introduces itself for the intro of the closing track before the familiar drums come thundering back in. Despite all the previously mentioned efforts to keep things fresh, the layered distorted guitar chords and near-identical drum patterns make a lot of these 8-minute passages blend into one recurring idea the more often I’m exposed to them, and really hurts this record’s replay value.
Although I may not be tempting myself to keep listening to this album, it’s still impressive to me that all that music on this album was composed, arranged, and performed by one mind. Forever Resonating In Blood is a record with a very DIY feel to it, and despite its flaws, should be checked out by fans of black metal.
Written by Mathieu Perrier
*edited by Mike Milito