Future Forest - Shadow Creek (2023)

After an EP released in 2020, the first full-length release by Future Forest is a concept album about Henry, a divorced man who leaves the city to establish a new life in the Australian remote hamlet of Shadow Creek. Things take a turn for the worse, however, when Henry discovers the town's dark secrets. The album was released on August 18, 2023.

The album is comprised of 7 songs for almost 30 minutes of music (very old style format, I love it!). "A Thousand Miles Behind" is very atmospheric, entirely instrumental, and it's a great introduction to the album. A sinister riff and atmosphere for "No Accident", something in between Queensryche and Dream Theater, to my ears. More dynamic and upbeat are "A New Life for Me" and "Nicole" (released also as a single): I love the guitars, very inspired, and the vocals, very catchy and energetic. Quality rhythm section on "What Wakes Me Here" with some Pink Floyd atmosphere, great solos and harmonies in the second part of the song, probably my favourite moment of the album. "My name is Blackening" closes the album and the story. The track features catchy vocals (chorus!) and the usual magistral performance by the band during the instrumental parts. 

Definitely a quality concept album, very well performed by the band, very inspired and with the right sound as well. Give it a go by clicking on the Spotify player below and remember to follow Future Forest on social media.

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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