Album Review: “Breathing In Colours” by Forever Still

Today I will be talking about another album that just recently came out this month. I’ve already talked about this band back in 2016, but now we have a bran new release and I am so excited to do this review for you! I’m also really happy to finally be able to listen to all of the songs too, since I’ve been trying to save them specifically for this post. 

Forever Still is a female fronted band straight out of Denmark. The group consists of Maja the lead vocalist and her band mates: Mikkel, Rune, and Inuuteg. They make some really fun and exciting hard rock music. You cannot tell that they are an international band, and Maja is true rocker as she has an amazing voice for both singing and screaming! If you’ve never heard of them or want to make your own judgement about Maja’s singing ability then you should check out the rest of their music afterwards. 

This album has a total of 12 tracks and we start it with a song called “Rewind”. It has an eerie introduction that only lasts a few seconds and immediately hear this static-y sound before Maja starts singing. I enjoyed the familiarity in the entire song. I don’t listen to them a lot, much less rock music, as I used to so it was nice to instantly fall back in love with the band again. One thing that I noticed was the range in Maja’s voice. Whenever she went up to do those high notes in the choruses, you could hear the power. It wasn’t forced so it was perfectly done. I really liked this the most I think. Next, there’s “Fight” and you have this hard, head-banging kind of song. It still has these softer notes in it, which I ended up liking a lot more than I thought I would. I also want to say that I think Maja has learned the safer way to conduct her screams, because it did feel a little bit held in parts, it wasn’t as intense as I’m used to hearing it but that doesn’t mean it was bad though. 

Click here to read Forever Still’s “Tied Down” album review now!

Our third track is “Breathe In Colours” and this is much more gritty compared to the first two songs. When it starts, you think it’s going to stay in one lane but it doesn’t, everything changes during the choruses. One giveaway for this, is when Maja suddenly goes quiet and whispers a few words before screaming into the microphone. I like the commanding presence it had, I wanted it to continue on and on just so I could absorb that vibe a little bit more. I think it’s my favorite, but we have to keep going to see what else we have on here. “Is It Gone?” was actually on one of my favorite rock stations, Sirius XM Octane a couple of weeks ago and as much as I was excited for them to be played on there, I forced myself away and I was really sad I did to myself. The song itself is really light, it’s not obnoxious like I thought but I really liked it for what it was, a really hard rock song that is perfect for radio too! 

We move on to, “Survive” and I really hoped for another loud, in your face type of song and that’s exactly what I got! It was strong and made me chill out, which was strange in a way because usually this type of music has the opposite effect. I have to point out though, I wasn’t just swaying side-to-side, whenever the pace increased, I was head-banging right along to her screams! It was a good and interesting mix! Number six was “Do Your Worst” and this is a monster! From the time it starts until the ends, it’s just intense! Maja does a lot of singing in this one, but I actually prefer it, you can feel and the emotions coming out of her in this, and that was what really made me fall in love with it. 

We are almost done, and I am already sad! Next there’s “Pieces” and it’s another light rock song. The screams are not at the forefront of the song, so instead you hear this angelic singing and mysterious choir in the background too. It was really great! We go back to the heavy hitters in the eighth track, “Rising Over You” and it actually gave me “Scars” vibes in various parts of the song. If you don’t know, “Scars” is one of my favorites on their previous album, so the fact that we have a similarity between these two songs kind of made me worried at first, but this is a completely different song, and I’m glad the whole thing a whole new identity. 

We move on to, “Say Your Goodbyes” the song that I forgot to write down on my list before I got started on this post. It happens sometimes, especially with me! Anyways, this has a darker direction but the sound itself is not muddled, meaning the softer and gritty sounds don’t overwhelm each other as they trade off. Our final song, is “Embrace The Tide” ends this journey on a very easy-going note. It’s not in your face, heavy, but it still has a soul with the orchestral elements added onto it. I really liked, even though it isn’t what I would normally like for the end of this album, still it’s really good too! 

I know I mentioned in the beginning that this had twelve songs on here, but I don’t normally like to talk about acoustic versions of the same song I just listened to. Normally I do say something about it, but honestly I don’t really care for acoustic songs, so I apologize for the false advertisement there. Other than that, this was a really good album. I really actually surprised in a way because I hadn’t seen that much about it online, so I was a bit scared going into this. Second albums are usually a hit or a miss too, so that was my other worry about listening to it, but we’re good! It was a great album with some nice changes too.

Have you heard Forever Still’s new release “Breathing In Colours” yet? If you have, what did think of it?  Do you have any favorites that you’d like to share with us?  

Tune Tuesday | Denmark ’17

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It’s time for week three and we’re going to be talking about Denmark! It is always a country that I love to talk about on Tune Tuesday, but finding music from the actual country can be fairly difficult! Which is the main reason why I only have two to share today! These artists are very good and deserve free promotion!

The first person I am going to discuss is a native DJ by the name of Martin Jenson! I’m not going to lie but after I discovered him and his single “Solo Dance” on Spotify, I began to hear the track on Sirius XM BPM quite regularly! I don’t hear a whole lot about him anywhere, but I’m hoping to hear some more soon!

Lastly is Christopher, he was a late addition, I was on Facebook on a “liking” spree trying to find new music for these posts and ended up regretting not putting Finland back on my rooster but finding this guy too! First of all, he is REALLY cute! Blond hair and blue eyes! *shudders* He kind of sounds like Justin Bieber but I think I prefer his voice instead! Last month he released a new song called “Naked” and it’s really good! He also has two released albums on Spotify!

Have you heard of Martin Jenson or Christopher before? Always looking for suggestions for music in Denmark, if you know anybody, let me know!

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Tune Tuesday | Denmark 2016

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Howdy!

So we got another week and this time we’re heading to Denmark!

The first is Myrkur, who is an artist from Denmark. I found from scrolling through another blogger’s posts about her. Steve Says had featured her music on his blog. I actually didn’t even read it at that time, just wrote her name down in my notebook for safe keeping but I have been slightly curious as he mentioned in that post that her music is very dark but has more of an edgy feel to it. I actually like that, so I stored her into the back of my mind.

The next is a band called Akoma. I’ve heard of them through Facebook while reading different posts and interviews from the band itself.  They are a symphonic metal band I originally found on Spotify a couple of years ago. I had thought they were from The Netherlands so I’m glad when the site started to put up their music and I started to listening and liking them, I looked up some much needed information and found out they are from Denmark. Unlike Myrkur, these guys speak English in their music. I actually like to hear both native language and English, so there’s nothing I don’t like about both acts.

Do you listen to any Denmark musicians that you think I should listen to? Let me know in the comments! I’ll need acts for next year’s travels too!

Album Review: “Tied Down” by Forever Still

Forever_Still_Cover_Artwork-690x690I’m so excited to do this review!! The band Forever Still is a new band I’ve recently been listening to since last August? I’m pretty sure that’s right because they were last minute additions into my Denmark Tune Tuesday worldwide series last summer! The band consists of three members: Maja, Mikkel, and Dennis. This trio has released three EPs last year, which is how I already know the lyrics of a few of their songs on this album. This album is called “Tied Down” and was released last week. I’ve already made myself a mental note to try and get this sometime soon!

The album starts out with a banger called “Scars” this is one of my favorites! It was the first song I liked when I went looking for the band on Spotify! The songs have a raw emotions screaming throughout each one. I think “Scars” is perfect and I’m not being bias or anything. I really wish I could scream like Maja! I’ve got the growling part down, I’m hoping I can match her screams someday! The second song is “Once Upon A Nightmare” I always love these types of titles! It already gives you mysterious outlook of how the song will sound. It does have a soft, creepy introduction to it. The tempo is sort of slow, it’s not a ballad, but it’s still pretty good! Maja’s voice is very different, she has this country sound in her voice; almost a Stevie Nicks type of voice! It’s completely unique from other female fronted bands. Third is another favorite and I LOVE singing it! It’s called “Miss Madness” and it’s another slow track, but the content of it needs a slower tempo for it to be meaningful.

The next song is called “Awake The Fire” and I love how the guitar sounds in the beginning and the choruses! Ugh! It’s a little intoxicating! When I heard this song at first, I wasn’t really into it. I’ve only heard three times but I just couldn’t get into it as much I liked the sound of it. However, there are parts that I like of it now, so I can’t say I hate it fully. A track called “Breathe In” is next and after you hear Maja yell out the word “go” harshly, you’re kind of expecting the whole song to be heavy and fast and it’s not, well until you get into the middle and she takes a big breath in and screams, then the tempo changes and gets heavy then, but that’s about it. It’s not that bad though! Sixth track is called “Save Me” and this one is another slow but raw song. With this kind of title, there’s like a 80% chance it’ll be slow paced and soft than anything else. I like this one. I feel like they’re ballad-like songs are better because it just kind of takes you away from your daily problems and/or thoughts, you get lost in the songs! Those are always my favorites!

The last four songs starts with “Your Light” and it has the rock sound that everybody loves so much, the perfect soft moments just before the chorus start and beautiful sounds coming from the guitars. I love the soft and slow vocals of it, everything about it is amazing. The next is “Alone” and it starts off with my favorite kinds of intro, slow and ominous and then BAM! The whole thing just picks up and I was expecting it to be slower too, not because the whole album is that way, withe using the word “alone” as a title, you’re just kind of expecting it to be that way! I do like it heavy so that’s a plus! Ninth song is “Break The Glass” and I like this one! Mostly because of the guitars again! I think I might have a problem! The last one is the titled track of the album, “Tied Down” and I like how we started with a banger and end with another one. It has the upbeat sound in the intro and then it’s stripped with only Maja’s majestic voice and a piano, before Mikkel and Dennis finally join in again. It’s a nice mix of instruments honestly. Very good!

I think the album as a whole is very good! Considering they are an independent band, definitely surprised the crap out of me! There are a lot of slow tempo songs on it. Usually I’m not a big fan of those types of songs but I’ve kind of grown to like them recently. If you’re looking for some new rock music you should definitely check out this band. All of their music is on Spotify too!

What do you think of the debut album of Forever Still? Are you glad you have all of the tracks that were released on the EPs in one place? 

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Tune Tuesday | Denmark

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This week we head into Denmark!

I love doing these types of posts I really do, but it kind of sucks when you only have a little bit to work with and I had quite a lot of countries last year were I only had maybe one or two artists/bands to focus that I felt it was almost pointless to include the country in my posts. I had to completely remove China off my list at last minute because of this reason, but I feel like this week and the next aren’t enough either since there are only three acts altogether! Now that I’ve got that out of the way, I can move on with what I’ve got for you.

I’ll be as honest as I possibly can, I think I only selected both of these acts purely because I’ve heard of only a couple of their songs. Is that bad? I’m starting with the heavy metal band Volbeat. I’ve heard a lot of their songs through Sirius XM Octane. I thought they were from Sweden, but again I was wrong! Anyways, I kind of thought this would be my dad’s ideal band honestly. They sound like something he’d listen to but everytime I try to show him a song of theirs he walks away from me. It’s okay, at one point of time he was like this with Five Finger Death Punch too. Who knows he probably listens to them on his phone. I can actually tolerate “Lola Montez” and I like “Heaven Nor Hell” which surprised the crap out of me! Changing directions, MØ is another singer that I don’t normally listen to on a daily basis, that is until I heard Major Lazer’s song “Lean On” and then I started to basically the song for the sound and her voice. There’s a remix of her song “Walk This Way” that I just love! It’s the Lido remix!

Recently I went on a “binge” on Twitter. It happens every once in a while. I go off my rocker and follow anything or anybody that seems interesting. Most of the time it’s bloggers. Well, this time I was in the mood to find more female fronted rock and symphonic metal bands. It actually started after a band called Forever Still from what do you know Denmark followed me. It took me two days before looking for their music on Spotify and I was lucky, they have two EPs on there and I listened to both of them. Maja is their lead singer and she has a very unique voice! I’ve only heard the sound of her voice on country music. She looks like my age but sounds very mature and strong, which is what you want for any rock or metal band honestly. I thought it was ironic that I had just “finished” this post and then I found this band. They have a new EP out called “Save Me” and I’m hoping it goes up on Spotify soon!

Do you know any more Danish musicians?

Lean On – Major Lazer featuring DJ Snake & MØ

Lola Montez – Volbeat

Scars – Forever Still