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Having signed to Prosthetic Records, melodic death metal duo FORETOKEN are preparing to release their debut album, Ruin. The core band of Steve Redmond (guitars and orchestral compositions) and Dan Cooley (lyrics and vocals) enlisted Hannes Grossmann (Triptykon, ex-Hate Eternal, ex-Obscura, Necrophagist) on drum duties for the extraordinary album.

Combining symphonic elements with genres such as folk metal, melodic death, tech deaths, and black metal, have allowed FORETOKEN to create something familiar yet distinct. By merging various forms of extreme metal, FORETOKEN creates captivating sonic landscapes for their mythology-inspired stories. Myths and legends have often been used as narrative devices used to tell cautionary tales of pain, rage, and lament. FORETOKEN’s cinematic approach to songwriting transports the listener into these stories from beginning to often tragic end.

Ruin focuses on the misfortune of both some of the better and lesser known characters of the world’s mythology. Lyrics draw on tales from various global cultures, representing everything from Celtic lore to Greek tragedy, from Hindu symbolism through to Norse icons. However, the central characters are not always named, allowing the listener to immerse themselves fully in the storytelling and messages within the myths.

The album features James Malone (Arsis) in a dueling guitar solo on the track A Deathless Prison, and was mixed by both Steve Redmond and Jacob Hansen; with mastering being done by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios. Jacob Hansen is a renowned producer/ engineer who has worked on albums such as The Black Dahlia Murder’s Nightbringers and Fleshgod Apocalypse’s Veleno. The album’s art is a piece by Tomas Honz entitled Fallen Empires. The art gives listeners a visual glimpse of the calamity at the end of the song Hamartia. From start to finish, Ruin is an engrossing listen which brings both melody and technicality to each of its narrative songs.

Ruin will be released via Prosthetic Records on September 4.

Steve Redmond - Guitars and Orchestrations

Dan Cooley - Vocals



Sep 4, 2020

Recent Prosthetic Records signings, FORETOKEN, have today released their debut album, Ruin. Combining symphonic elements with genres such as folk metal, melodic death, tech-death, and black metal, FORETOKEN have crafted a truly distinct metal album with Ruin. The album is available now, in both physical and digital formats.

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