Forty Fathoms @ Marquis Theatre

| July 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

by Max Giffin

On May 25, Denver metal band Forty Fathoms shredded the Marquis Theatre before setting out on their first west-coast tour. Vocalist, Taylor MacNicholas, describes the band as “melodic metal-core” with aspects of hardcore, post-hardcore, and some pop to it as well. For two and a half years, Forty Fathoms has shaped Denver’s scene playing shows with other locals such as Alters, Navigator, and more. Now, for the first time, the band will be hitting the road on the New Day and Age Tour traveling from Colorado to Washington, making many stops along the way. The New Day and Age Tour is also being called the “Ego-Check Tour” in anticipation of some smaller shows, and they’ll be joined by the History of Hope, a band from Casper, WY. Forty Fathoms views this tour as a step towards the band’s future. Being on the road and expanding their fan base, they hope to build the band to where they can tour full time and sign to a record label.

January 2012, Forty Fathoms released their second EP In/Famous that can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and their Facebook page. “Lyrically, the album definitely had a lot to do with being in a band, getting older, and the struggles,” says MacNicholas. “You have to give up a lot . . . we’re doing well, but it’s still frustrating. That’s basically what the album is about.” The album is high energy and aggressive, with both crisp screams and clean vocals. Songs like “Backstabber” start out heavy, and demand head banging the entire time, while others like “Sin.Sin.Sin.” combine weighty breakdowns with smooth emotional choruses, easy to sing along to. The entire album is extraordinarily well done, highlighting the different elements of Forty Fathom’s dynamic style.

In the future, the band plans to take some stronger aspects of their current songs, and expand upon them, such as having songs that are all screaming, or songs that are all clean vocals. While being on the road is their current goal, MacNicholas says that in early 2013 they expect to put out another CD. Drummer Ryan Hall adds that they want to develop their sound more so that it all flows better. More than what people want to hear, Forty Fathoms focuses on branching out and doing what they want to do.

The crowd was pure moshing when Forty Fathoms took the stage that night. Their performance was gripping. Energy in the room soared as fans climbed to the stage to dive off into the crowd. After playing, the band was called back to the stage by the audience chanting for one more song. With such a lively and invested audience, the band decided to stay and play two encores.


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