Artist: So Long Forgotten
Album: Things We Can See and Things We Cannot
Release Date: 8/25/09
Label: Come & Live!
So Long Forgotten is an indie rock band from Illinois. There sound could be described as a mix of As Cities Burn and mewithoutYou. The album is partially a concept album, but includes some personal stories from the band member thrown in there. "A River Flows In The Desert" opens the album, and starts off slow, but breaks into a As Cities Burn sounding song with more mwY - like lyrics. "Princess Among Provinces" opens with some yelling, but then breaks down into a different unique type of rocker. "Hills Humbled, Mountains Made Low" includes the unforgettable line "We've got God on our side!". "Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes" is a song about a relationship Micah Boyce, lead singer, had with his mother after his father died. The then has him saying that when we have nothing, we'll always have God. A song that personally I enjoy is the calmer song "Basilea Basilea" which turns out to be one of the best indie rock songs I've ever heard. Many more song on the album such as "Onward to the Garden" seem to contain the earlier mentioned As Cities Burn and mewithoutYou influences. Another favorite track is "Hosanna" which is crafted very nicely. "As The Waters Cover The Sea" ends the album in style, being calmer. A few guests vocalists such as singer-songwriter Todd Reese and Daniel Simmons from All The Day Holiday both contribute greatly to the album, especially Todd Reese, who has a great voice.A band who can blend those two great bands sounds together can truly make a masterpiece. A promising band on the indie label Come & Live! may not get much attention for the time being, but will soon be the next breakout band in my opinion.
Rating: 8/10 So Long Forgotten is very promising and I'm sure will bring us more great work in the future. Also, if you're interested in getting the record, you can download it for free at Noisetrade.com