Tuesday 10 October 2023

To Forget - Cornered In A Retrospect

Labels: Zegema Beach Records

Formats: Lathe/Digital

Release Date: 14 Sep 2023


1. Disaster Response

2. Lights Out In February

Almost a month ago this two-song release from US post-hardcore/metal trio To Forget saw the light of day via Zegema Beach Records. Pressed on 100 Stereo Lathe 7"s with a 50/50 split between label and band, it features their first new recordings since the 2021 full-length Echoes Take Their Place. Lathes have a tendency to sound a bit more rustic. though a Stereo Lathe promises a better sound. I can't vouch for the physical format yet but am still looking forward to this one.

October’s been a weird month so far, befitting the shorter days/darker nights I guess. Both my sleep pattern and attention span have suffered as a result, hence the choosing of this new release from To Forget as my focus for at least a moment. Opener ‘Disaster Response’ sounds absolutely beautiful as both To Forget’s anger and melody join together in a strange harmony. More hardcore than screamo for sure. The vocals are delivered with power and true emotive harshness, while the guitars and percussion at times promise solace but deceive with added intensity.

I care less about the volume with which I play these songs, given that one of my neighbours played loud music at 01:30am on Sunday just gone, leaving me unable to sleep. It wasn’t even good music either! ‘Lights Out In February’ gathers more from To Forget’s screamo/emo side thanks to the spoken-word samples that kick things off and the furious post-hardcore that follows it. Swirling yet piercingly precise (sorry for the alliteration), it’s a song that leaves you aching for more.

Music is very much dictated by mood, especially when you’re choosing what to listen to. I was at a social event this past Sunday where people were encouraged to take their own records, that would be played for others to listen to. Somebody described my choice of Avail’s 4AM Friday as sounding “Fractious”. I find it calming listening to heavier music and this release has done wonders for me this evening. If you haven’t already done so, please give Cornered In A Retrospect your time and pick up a copy if you can.

You can stream and purchase Cornered In A Retrospect digitally from To Forget below:-

To Forget - https://www.facebook.com/toforgetband

Physical Lathe copies can be purchased via the links below:-

Zegema Beach Records - CAN/INTL - http://www.zegemabeachrecords.com/zegema-beach-releases/tf-lathe

Zegema Beach Records - USA - https://zbrusa.com/products/tf-lathe

Zegema Beach Records - https://www.facebook.com/zegemabeachrecords

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