Whilst they plough the UK with their melodic-metalcore sound; Forever Never have decided upon releasing something a little different to say the least; their latest offering comes in the form of the I Can’t Believe it’s Not Metal! EP, which is pretty much as it says on the tin: a cover album that sounds absolutely horrendous on paper, let’s see how it pans out.
Anyone in the know about the Essex quintet will recall that frontman Renny Carroll has an incredibly powerful voice; the band’s influences ranging from Michael Jackson to Machine Head gives him a very strong edge in being able to perform these songs very, very well – the sharp cover of the late Jackson’s Dangerous classic Who Is It? in particular sounds vocally, almost as strong as the original, with the obvious rifftastic twist. A cheeky appearance from Skindred’s Benji Webbe is brilliantly executed, if not a little cliché, as he teams up for a rendition of Shaggy’s Boombastic, and it makes for the definite highlight of the record.
As far as cover EP’s go, there’s never going to be a real record breaker, and the ‘metal band-come-pop stars’ approach is one that has tried (and failed) many times (step forward August Burns Red and Baby One More Time), but within it’s boundaries, this is really worth a listen. If you can broaden your mind past the metal, Forever Never are guaranteed to get some smiles with this record. Please, though – record another proper album. Soon.
– George Cannings.