Youth Forgotten are a band from Cleveland Ohio that plays a mixture of dark hardcore and thrash and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "Ghost Of A Fallen Empire".
The album starts off with some fast and heavy guitar riffs along with some drums and aggressive vocals as well as a great amount of thrash influences and the band also breaks slower breakdowns with their fast assault as well as having back up gang vocals.
When the album goes into the second song guitar leads are added into the music and the band sticks to a more hardcore direction on these songs and stay away from the modern metalcore and emo influences that ruin modern hardcore and the way they combine it with 80's thrash creates a sound that is very heavy, dark and brutal.
As the album progresses the band starts adding melody to their heavy hardcore/thrash assault as well as some spoken word parts and they also bring in some dark sound effects on one song along with some acoustic guitars and all of these elements seem to be influenced by 80's metal as well as making the bass guitars sound a lot more stronger and powerful and you can also hear a brief use of death metal growls being utilized, and on the last song violins are added in.
Song lyrics cover forward thinking mentality themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy, dark and professional sound for being a self released recording where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this album as well as the last song being very long and epic in length
In my opinion Youth Forgotten are a very great sounding mixture of dark hardcore and thrash metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band and album> RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Anthem" "The Passion" "Nobody Cares" and "End Times". 8/5 out of 10.