Forever Changed is a band that actually has brought something new and refreshing to the played-out field that is emo rock. This time, Forever Changed strikes a strong blow for Christianity with tracks like â€œEncounterâ€, with lyrics â€œthe enemyâ€™s still alive/we see him all the timeâ€ obviously pointing a figer at4 Satan. However, the average listener of this disc will never know the difference between the average emo band like Taking Back Sunday and Coheed and Cambria and Forever Changed, as the entire band has the technical chops to make for an extraordinarily strong disc. â€œThe Need To Feel Aliveâ€ uses the same soaring guitar lines present in a lot of this genreâ€™s band but the supersonic vocals of Dan. Each track has a normal run time- somewhere around three to five minutes â€“ and yet the band is able to imbue every track with so many twists and turns that each song sounds like a minor epic. â€œGreat Divideâ€ distinguishes itself from the rest of â€œThe Neeed to Feel Aliveâ€ through its innovative arrangements and ability of Forever Changed to start and stop on a dime. The guitar tracks on the aforementioned track are reminiscent of eighties-metal acts (C.C. DeVille-esque, almost) and the proficient drumming found by Nathan solidifies this trackâ€™s status.
More so than the canned guitars and drums that open up â€œRomance in Denialâ€, Danâ€™s range in kick-starting the track is the perfect fix for any tendency of the disc to lag at its middle-ground. The vocals transcend â€œemoâ€, â€œpopular musicâ€ â€“ they are for the ages and should be viewed as such. The bridge that eventually ends â€œRomance In Denialâ€, building in intensity ends with a wallop as â€œwill you stay with me?â€ ends the track. I hate to continually go back to it, but Danâ€™s vocals are simply amazing, some of the best that Iâ€™ve ever heard in the 700+ music reviews Iâ€™ve done. Tracks like â€œOpportunity (We Could Be the Ones) shows Danâ€™s ability to convert eir voice into an instrument, working well with Tomâ€™s bass on the track. Slowly ending the disc is the penultimate track â€œAloneâ€, a track that crackles with an energy that belies the plodding tempo of the track. Forever Changed is the Billy Joel for the emo era, making tracks that successfully bridge the gap between pop, emotional music, and Christian to make for a disc that is not just musically satisfying, but spiritually as well.
Top Track: Romance in Denial, The Last Time
Forever Changed â€“ The Need To Feel Alive / 2005 Floodgate Records / 11 Tracks / http://www.foreverchanged.net / http://www.floodgaterecords.com / Reviewed 25 February 2005