New Jersey blackened doom faction FORLORN PATH offer up a stream of “Ghosts” from their recently unleashed, self-released, full-length debut, Man’s Last Portrait. Recorded by guitarist/sound engineer Ivan Chernikov, mixed by Rob Torres at Frightbox Studios, and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, the ten-track opus offers up a musical journey that is at once despondent and hopeful, treacherous and alluring telling stories of loss, longing, and the gradual decay of an ignorant world.
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The FORLORN PATH story begins in the fall of 2008 in an inconspicuous college house in New Brunswick. Through a mutual desire to create beautifully brutal music, the original lineup – Yuriy Garnaev, Ray Dib, Alex Fiore, and Dave Imbriaco – culled a diverse blend of influences, including death metal, folk, jazz, noise, and black metal. Two years later, the band emerged with their first EP, Being Towards Death. Flaunting a deliberately low-fi production, the EP merged the prime tenets of death metal with dissonant melodies to create an unsettling treatise on the ignorance of man. 2012 saw the release of their second EP, Intifada, which centers itself around a journey through a man’s horrific coma dream. FORLORN PATH fine-tuned their sound to depict the crushing battle against oppression and inner strife, and began to experiment with denouements that were at once both brutal and melodic. These elements and structures hinted at their progression as a band, which would thrust them back into recording just months after their sophomore release.
By the time recording began again in Spring 2012, the band had seen a great deal of change. It now consisted of only two founding members, Garnaev and Imbriaco, who were now joined by Chernikov. With Imbriaco taking over lead vocals and Garnaev taking full creative control of the music, a new sound began to take shape. Clocking in at just over an hour long, the debut full-length Man’s Last Portrait is the culmination of the band’s efforts to date.
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“A simply fascinating blackened doom metal band who fuse black metal riffs with doom metal’s crushing forward motion… The destructive might of this band as well as their mystical sound come together to form something that is both memorable and strangely beautiful.” – TwoGuysMetalReviews
“FORLORN PATH really have nailed the art of making songs full of emotion with a darker atmosphere (it is also aided by the use of keyboards). And in the end of the day when you are into melodic Doom / Death and you suddenly hear a song like ‘Ghosts’ then you realize the full potential of FORLORN PATH. A really great first effort…” – Metal Temple
“The majesty of this miraculous band from New Jersey will capture your heart gently in the night. They remind us of the luxurious harmonic tranquility of bands like Swallow the Sun, but retain an altogether more complex and subtle aura.” – MetalAsReligion.com
“…a truly epic masterpiece.” – ThePowerOfTheRiff