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3.82 | 48 ratings | 3 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2001

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ex Cathedra (2:02)
2. Monolith of Doubt (3:32)
3. My Pledge of Allegiance - The Sealed Fate (6:24)
4. Emphasis (4:20)
5. Intrinsic (6:44)
6. Zenith (4:21)
7. Estranged (A Timeless Spell) (6:56)
8. Imperfect Tenses (4:07)
9. My Pledge of Allegiance #2 - The Tempted Fate (5:07)
10. The Key (4:48)
11. Forlorn Hope (6:20)

Total Time 54:41

Bonus track on 2002 LP release:
12. For The Time Being (5:04)

Line-up / Musicians

- Floor Jansen / vocals
- Mark Jansen / guitars, screams
- Sander Gommans / guitars, grunts
- Lando van Gils / synth
- Luuk van Gerven / bass
- Andre Borgman / drums, acoustic guitar

- Irma Kort / oboe (3,5)
- Jack Pisters/ sitar (3,9)
- Rein Kolpa / vocals (8)
- Marga Okhuizen / backing vocals (1,7,11)
- Hans Cassa / backing vocals (1,7,11)
- Ellen Bakker / backing vocals (1,7,11)
- Caspar De Jonge / backing vocals (1,7,11)
- Georg Schneider / string arrangements
- Søren Leupold / string arrangements
- Cees Kieboom / piano, keyboards
- Noëmi Bodden / violin
- Ebred Reijnen / violin
- Janine Baller / viola
- Carla Schrijner / cello
- Roxane Steffen / double bass
- Symphony Of Voices / vocal samples

Releases information

Artwork: Carsten Drescher

CD Transmission Records ‎- TM-029 (2001, Netherlands)

2xLP Transmission Records ‎- TMV-029 (2002, Netherlands) With a bonus track

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AFTER FOREVER Decipher ratings distribution

(48 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars You wouldn't think that a faceless band like After Forever would deem it necessary to continue making records after the unnecessary debut, but their kind of gothic opera metal was a very popular style around 2000 and you know, even musicians need some food on the table.

The formula is similar to the debut but the execution is a lot better. The annoying male grunts are pushed further back in the mix and they hired a real drummer to kick some life into their operatic metal. Generally the playing is tight and to the point, nothing exceptional but functional enough to support the songs.

The bigger reliance on Nightwish and Therion pomposity has replaced their Gathering leanings. While that doesn't really sound like a good idea, the result is actually better then the debut. I'd even say this is a decent album in this style of music and I tend to give it an occasional spin when I'm giving the vacuum cleaner a ride around the house.

From what I've heard the quality of the ensuing albums went down again after this one so if you want to check them out, I'd recommend you to give this a spin, especially if you're into the bands I've thrown at you here. 3.5 stars.

Latest members reviews

4 stars If the first album, the compositions were in the hands of "Mark Jansen" and "Floor Jansen", now we can say that the band composed the album. "Decipher" ripening shows generally the band. "Andre Borgman" in place of "Joep Beckers", "Lando van Gils" in place of "Jack Driessen". Following the example ... (read more)

Report this review (#759182) | Posted by Vobiscum | Saturday, May 26, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This album is in my opinion one of the defining masterpieces of gothic metal. This album is more of a modern fast paced gothic style, while their debut was in more of a slower old-school gothic style, although they both strongly feature symphonic elements. This album is less atmospheric and more ... (read more)

Report this review (#200622) | Posted by Nuke | Sunday, January 25, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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