Forbidden Seasons – ‘Promise’ Insightful Track By Track Guide

“’Promise’ refers to all the promises made by people that are never fulfilled because of their selfishness,” proclaims Mark, vocalist of Italian metalcore crew Forbidden Seasons, regarding the title of their debut album. Hailing from Turin, Italy writing for the follow-
up to debut EP ‘Paramnesia’ began after their Russian tour in February 2017, with Mark describing the outcome as “really reflecting who we are and the direction we want to take. Both in terms of sound and composition it’s very different and heavier than our last; we wanted to create a deeper sound according to our emotional state.” Releasing on 16 th March, the album is melodically charged, beauty meeting darkness, their sound evokes Saosin and Underoath, Forbidden Seasons certainly are a promising prospect.
Now a month ahead of release, the band are ready to reveal more of what you can expect on the album…



1) ATLANTIS: Danny – “Atlantis is about feelings that destroy us and bring us down, just like the myth
of Atlantis; because of the sins of its people it was sank in the ocean by the gods. But our story
differs from this myth, because bad feelings, bad people and so on, after all, give us strength. In
fact, after the slow and melodic part in the bridge, which represents giving in to bad feelings, toxic
people and relationships, the heavy part begins, like a reaction to this kind of stuff. For many people
it may be a burden, but for us it’s a sort of fuel that gives us energy. The song starts with fast
sections, we thought it may feels like a storm, like the one that sank Atlantis. The melodic parts
represent the “eye of the storm”, followed again by the destruction, which is the human response to
these situations of despair.”

2) THANK YOU FOR THE VENOM: Mark – “I wanted to write Thank You For The Venom for a long
time. The lyrics address a topic really close to me, so it came out of my mind quite easily; then I
gave it to the guys and I told them "I want you to give this lyrics the song they deserve, with the right
mood and anger", and so they did. Symon and Danny composed the perfect song, exactly the way I
imagined it. It was spontaneous and direct enough, pushing the right buttons. It’s really one of the
best songs of the album!” Watch the video here:



3) KEYS AND LOCKS: Federico – “Keys and Locks is a very particular song; it merges old and new
school of metalcore. When listening to this song, you can recognize both of these elements; it’s like
an evolution from the beginning to the end. It starts with standard drums and classic screaming, like
the old good times, then it turns into melodic, then it explodes with a heavy breakdown, all of this
surrounded with atmospheric and mystic samples and keys. At the end a melancholic guitar solo
makes its way through the wall of strings, guitars and drums, then suddenly choked into the clean
and cold outro. Lyrics are like a reminder to wake up and look inside of you to find the keys to your
answers.” The band have just released this single and you can hear it here.



4) GRAVITY FALL: Federico – “Gravity Fall is my favorite track of the new album. It’s the most
aggressive song we have but it also has a wonderful melodic chorus. It was the first song we made
for this album, almost a year ago, and it defined the overall sound and mood that Promise had to
have. All the songs of Promise, everything you’ll hear was born with Gravity Fall. It’s also the most
fun to play live, it’s so powerful, and gives a lot of energy; no matter how many hours you’ve been performing before, you’ll always find the strength to play Gravity Fall once more! The song talks
about a relationship with a bad influence on the protagonist, which feels alone and trapped into this
situation, he can’t move on, but he doesn’t give up.”

5) WORMHOLE: Symon – “This song is a half way between metalcore and pop culture.
The chorus was written first, very open and epic, and I helped with the lyrics cause is very personal
to me. I’ve got your demon inside means a lot of things in different ways, and for this reason the
song is developed between F minor and A# major, to describe the anger and the hope. I wanted
create pop sound and at the same time powerful and strong parts, to catch all those people facing
metalcore/post-hardcore for the first time”

6) THE HUMAN: Federico – “The Human is the perfect mix of hope and rage. You’ll be struck by its
massive and emotional orchestral elements; strings and choirs make it sound like a soundtrack to
an epic movie. When I was writing them, I used to get very emotional; then Symon wrote the guitars,
and took the song to the next level. Mark’s chorus came next, and it was just gorgeous. He did a
great job recording it; it is in fact one of the highest of the entire album. I hope you’ll appreciate this
song and its particularity as much as we do!”

7) SORROW WON’T END: Symon – “This song is really heavy and filled with breakdowns; it was
born with the intention to bring you down in darkness, but at the same time the lyrics suggest you to
fight against your demons. The arpeggio and the breakdowns bring you in a very frightening
ambient. It has been composed following the old school metalcore lines, but still with a modern
mood. There’s a lot of scream and growl, and only in the choruses you can hear huge melodic
vocals, that will help you not to sink in darkness and obscurity.”

8) I’VE SEEN THE END IN YOUR EYES: Symon – “This song seems to follow the style of
Wormhole the phrase look at the mirror suggests us to find our identity, by taking a look in and
outside ourselves.
I love to play this song; it has aggressive parts, and the silences between the end of the refrains and
the beginning of the verses inspire me a lot. My favorite sections are the refrains with the huge
choirs, and the clean guitars at the end. I love writing clean guitar parts, in fact you will notice that
there’s at least one in almost every songs of the album.”

9) THE REJECTED: Mark – “The Rejected is a song about the loneliness of men in the world. I
wanted to address a topic the listeners could be reflected in, and in which they found themselves at
least once in their life. Danny and Fede first composed the song, then I wrote the lyrics according to
what was arousing me. The vocals, especially the choruses, are like a singsong outlining the boring
life of the rejected ones, that are resigned to the judgments of others.”

10) PROMISE: Danny – “Promise is a thought about all the promises made by people, but never kept,
because of many factors such as casual events or, more often, ours or someone else’s own will.
Think about how times you lied to avoid responsibilities, and the reasons why you did this. All off
that is reflected on one particular promise, that a particular entity, in which you may believe or not,
made but never kept: the promise of salvation from the original sin, made by God. That one, has
never been kept because of the natural evilness of the humans. In fact in any refrain you’ll be able
to hear the phrase “I can’t walk on the oceans”, and also “listen to my prayers”. This song is due to
explain what we think about God and how people still believe in those promises that are nothing but
empty nice words.”