Label: Fading Halo Records
Track Listing: 1.No Longer Here
3. Their Crooked Teeth
4.To Hang By A Thread
I Stared Into The Forest are a four piece hardcore/screamo/mathcore outfit from Romania, who proclaim, admirably , that their music is based on DIY ethics, and only ever offer their music as free downloads, as well as taking a hardline stance against issues such 'discrimination'..It's a nice sentiment, and one which you cannot fault one bit coming from a hardcore/punk band, especially post-American Idiot , and it is an odd musical climate we exist in where a punk band who ascribes to these values can be singled out and commended for them rather than being treated as the norm.However, as much as there is to admire about the band's ethics, sadly, there isn't really much to recommend about their music.
It's not that ISITF are in any way a bad band, more we've heard it all before.The churning guitars, turn on a dime time signatures and bleak, discordant sound have been done a thousand times before, and often much better, by bands like The Bled , Converge ,December etc.The usual array of breakdowns and half-screamed,half spoken vocals are employed,to varying effect, but there's little here that will stick in the memory.The band play well, and everything sounds great, a clear, crisp production and mastering job at least ensuring the EP is an easy enough experience on the ear.But there's nothing here to reward repeat listens, nothing that hooks you in.The band's passion and energy is apparent throughout, and it seems they might make for a decent watch live, but overall, it's a tepid enough listen, and not one you'll be returning to a huge amount.
For fans of: Botch, Converge The Bled, Blood Brothers , Ilenkus
Listen/Download it here: http://istaredintotheforest.bandcamp.com/