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TIME'S FORGOTTEN

Progressive Metal • Costa Rica


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TIME'S FORGOTTEN is a progressive rock/metal band from Costa Rica that has its origins back in 2004 when they formed under founder and keyboardist Juan Pablo CALVO. They have played the most important theatres in Costa Rica, ranging from 500 to 1000 in attendance, quite an accomplishment for a band in a very small country. They have opened for ANGRA and AVANTASIA and played the acclaimed Baja Prog Fest back in 2007.

They have also twice won the ACAM award for prog record of the year and Juan Pablo won best audio engineer in 2018. They have had great national and international reviews of their work, including being on the cover of Costa Rica's most important newspaper on two separate occasions.

In 2015, due to burn out, they decided to go on hiatus, and returned in 2019 to start a new chapter in the band, this time changing vocalist from male to female. Former vocalist Francisco LONGHI was replaced by newcomer Priscilla RUIZ, who brings more versatility and vocal tools to the mix.

Their fourth album, SHELTER, has been released by US label Melodic Revolution Records, and will be supported with a live tour and multi-media releases.


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3.96 | 19 ratings
A Relative Moment of Peace
2006
3.81 | 20 ratings
Dandelion
2009
4.29 | 7 ratings
The Book of Lost Words
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Shelter
2022

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 Shelter by TIME'S FORGOTTEN album cover Studio Album, 2022
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Shelter
Time's Forgotten Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars Formed back in 2004 by Juan Pablo Calvo (keyboards, guitars, vocals), Time's Forgotten have long been seen as one of the top prog metal bands out of Costa Rica, but it has been ten long years since their third album, 'The Book Of Lost Words' was released. Back then they were a sextet with a male singer, but Francisco Longhi and guitarist Leonardo Rojas, have both since departed. Juan, along with Jorge Sobrado (drums), Ari Lotringer (lead guitar) and Gonzalo Trejos (bass) have now been joined by Priscilla Ruiz on lead vocals. I have not come across the previous releases, but when a singer is changed it is not unusual for a band sound to change considerably, especially if they move from male to female, so I must believe that this is a totally fresh start for them.

Given that the band was formed by the keyboard player, I expected them to be musically coming from that area but instead they are coming into the genre much more from a melodic metal stance, with prog overtones. They can slow it down when they wish, and head more into the keyboard swathed sound, yet are also happy with plenty of technical guitar riffs, really mixing and changing the set all the way through so one is never sure where the next song is going to lead. On top of that they have a singer who is able to provide gentle, almost ballad-style vocals with long-held notes without a single ounce of strain, or she can be ripping into it is with a wonderful high range and power.

There is a lightness with the heavy, which makes this an incredibly easy album to listen to the very first time it is played. They use loads of contrast, and there is little room for egos as everyone does their job without a "look at how clever I am" attitude. There is no doubt at all that Time's Forgotten are back in a big way and let us hope it is not nearly as long until we get the next album.

 Dandelion by TIME'S FORGOTTEN album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.81 | 20 ratings

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Dandelion
Time's Forgotten Progressive Metal

Review by ProgOZ

3 stars When I realized Time's Forgotten got into studio to record their second album I was so excited. I daily checked up their website's forums just to know the day it was finally going to be released. A Relative Moment of Peace was an amazing debut from the band so Dandelion, their second attempt, promised to be even better.

This time we have a heavier album, there are great ambient melodies and strong compositions. Drums sound this time is superb, something that really failed in their debut and I'm talking specifically about the sound not the playing which in both albums are excellent.

Unfortunately not everything is perfect here, after playing Dandelion several times I'm still missing more elaborated guitar solos and at least one keys or bass solo. There are some pretty good guitar solos of course but they sound too restrained, not making justice to Ari's and Leo's capabilities.

However this is not the weakest part of the album, what I loved of ARMOP and don't like of Dandelion are the vocals. It is very noticeable that this time Longhi is singing till his limits and some notes just don't seemed to fit melodies. He is a great singer, probably the best in Costa Rica's scene but his braveness and risky singing betrayed him this time.

Favorite tracks: Indifferent and The Tale Of the Moon and the Sun. Have to point out the electronic elements, perfect soundscapes (Silent Waters) and Juan Pablo´s trademark playing. Something great about this band is how easy it is to identify their music. In general Dandelion is a pretty good album, quite different from ARMOP and this is something positive to highlight. Great Costa Rican band, great effort. Almost 4 stars

 Dandelion by TIME'S FORGOTTEN album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.81 | 20 ratings

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Dandelion
Time's Forgotten Progressive Metal

Review by ultracoola

4 stars Time's Forgotten had everyone talking when they released their first album, A fresh breath on the overly satured Prog Metal market. Of course, after a such magnificent effort, everyone was with very high expectations about their second album. The question is: Does "Dandelion" lives on the hype? The answer is easy, a clear and big "YES" (caps intended).

Dandelion presents an stronger Time's Forgotten, with heavier guitar work, and more intricate compositions and musicianship, but still keeping the -now traditional- Time's Forgotten sound. I've always said that, when you can pick a band over the others just by indentifying their trademark sound, it's a sign that they are doing things good.

The musical landscape that Dandelion presents us is very wide; going from the typical prog-metal-technical riffs, to some mellow rock-related passages, finding on the way some strokes of electronic music, classic mellotron moments, irish-esque flute passages, and some mystic chants and melodies that carry us to a very picturesque portrait. But don't let that variety of sounds fool you, all the music spins around a centric idea, making the album feel like a whole, and not like a bunch of song thrown there nosenseless .

Longui (main vocalist) surpass himself by a very wide margin (in comparison to the first release). On of my first complains about "A relative moment of peace" was his performance. I was by no means bad, BUT, neither was at the quality of the whole album. On "Dandelion" he sounds a lot lot better his highs are pretty impressive, and the soft, mellower parts works very good for him too, that helped by the fact that the quality recording if very good, same with the vocal melodies.

Speaking of vocal melodies, Time's Forgotten really knows when and how to used them right. Most of the time, there are several layer of voice on the mix, adding a great touch to the music, and in more specific cases, there are very memorable chorus (keeping the catchy Time's trademark) present on the whole album. "Everything's not lost" and "Backhome" comes to mind. Also, we can't left unmentioned "Welcome you my night" (Best song on the album, in my opinion), with its epic chants at the beginning-end.

Fortunately, the rifting is also catchy, yet at the same time very powerful and intricate. I can even venture to say that the guitar work is the best part of the whole picture. It's obvious that the band put a lot of effort on getting this right, and they succeeded very well. From the electro-disco feeling present on "Indifferent", to the heavy-crunchy riff (Paired with a nice vocal work) at the middle of "The Tale of Moon and Sun", every song had their single special something that can make stand among the others

My only significant complaint is that, the flute / Celtic passages could have been a lot more linked to the song itself. Sometimes, although they sound cool, these irish-esque parts feels very very separate from the song,

Overall, this is a very recommended album for both those who enjoy some Progressive Metal, and for those who also enjoy some good, softer prog rock. Summarizing even more, this album should be accessible for everyone that enjoys good music.

4.4 / 5

 Dandelion by TIME'S FORGOTTEN album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.81 | 20 ratings

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Dandelion
Time's Forgotten Progressive Metal

Review by RaulBonilla

4 stars Dandelion not only surpasses the already excellent A Relative Moment of Peace, it is a definitive step forward in fact. The band decides to go heavier this time, however this does not sacrifice the balance of acoustic moments and world music/electronic passages of the debut. The heavy parts are incredible well constructed with intensive guitar riffs and killing keyboard playing, all supported with superb harmony vocals. The choice to include whistles was a critical one, as it fits perfectly with the signature acoustic identity of Time's Forgotten: mellow acoustic guitars, mellotron and piano. The electronic nerve of the band is specially highlighted in the third track, Indifferent, in which it is melted with a guitar loop to create a groovy atmosphere to the song. My favorite songs are The Tale of the Sun and Moon (Dandelion) with a great work of acoustic and electric guitars and Silent Waters, an experimental track with pipes, piano, synthesized strings and whispered voices. This is a very complex record, full of rich melodies and excellent compositions, almost flawless. Highly Recommended! 4.5 Stars.
 A Relative Moment of Peace by TIME'S FORGOTTEN album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.96 | 19 ratings

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A Relative Moment of Peace
Time's Forgotten Progressive Metal

Review by razifa

4 stars EXCELLENT ALBUM!!!

INDISPENSABLE IN ANY PROGRESSIVE METAL COLLECTION!!!

"A relative moment of piece" is a solid and refreshing release full of several nuances brought from folk, progressive metal and ethnic music. This album a musical journey where you can feel influences from Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Shadow Gallery, Enchant, and Queensryche mixed with keyboard and guitar instrumental passages that remind Pink Floyd. There are electronic elements and a very intense atmosphere with an emotive musical structure that reminds fine neo-progressive European bands like Clepsydra and Satellite.

THE MUSIC

This album is not another "Dream Theater" clone or an experimental album exploring new sounds. Instead, this is a multifaceted album different from any other in progressive metal scene, because it balances properly the aggressive sound of the 90's progressive metal with the freshness of subtle symphonic elements.

The exceptional production allows this band to have a crystalline and transparent sound. The use of violin, female vocals, electronic interventions, violin solos, jazz guitar arrangements that reminds Frank Gambale, and acoustic passages are some of the proper elements of "Time's Forgotten" that makes it original.

The epic "This troubled heart of mine" lasts about 35 minutes and is divided in four parts where emotion, tears, anger, sadness and the will of change takes place. When the last track finishes, there are some minutes of silence before an acoustic outro takes place, just in the same way Shadow Gallery ends his "Carved in Stone" album.

THE CONCEPT

This album has an implicit concept in which the main character finds himself alone and is wrapped in sadness and desperation due to sentimental troubles. This person is tied to a series of vivid memories that he confuses with reality. In these memories, a failed love takes place. He tries to escape from that state of desolation and after a series of inner conflicts he reaches his freedom.

CONCLUSION

"A Relative Moment of Peace" is an indispensable album for any progressive fan eager for fresh excellent music and innovative ideas.

GOOD PROGRESSIONS!!!

Thanks to The T for the artist addition. and to kev rowland for the last updates

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