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Enforsaken Epitaph/Biography

1998 - 2006

Enforsaken officially broke up August 19th, 2006.

 

Chicago's Enforsaken were formed in early 1998. Influences ranged from Melodic Death/Black Metal, Traditional 70's, 80's, 90's and present day Heavy Metal/Thrash, Progressive Rock, Classical and Jazz. However, the band's primary sound did lean strongly towards the more extreme side of this musical spectrum. At the same time, the band would rarely focus on just one genre within each song. It is common to hear traces of melodic death metal, black metal, the classic NWOBHM style and 70's Prog all within the same Enforsaken song. Trends come and go, but Enforsaken were never ones to jump on any bandwagons. They were among the first American bands to be heavily influenced by extreme European metal and throughout their career, always remained a completely underground act. They were much, much more than just your average "Metalcore" band. Enforsaken drew influences from many different sources, and this always gave the band a unique edge over the hordes of mallcore acts currently over-saturating the scene. Enforsaken's goal was always just to put out the highest quality metal music possible, not to be the next Hot Topic posterboys. Mission accomplished.

 

Enforsaken's music can be found on iTunes and MySpace. Please steal Enforsaken's music for free whenever possible. Illegal downloading is strongly encouraged.

 

 

Over their 8 year history, ENFORSAKEN shared the stage with: SHADOWS FALL, LAMB OF GOD, VADER, SATYRICON, MORBID ANGEL, DISMEMBER, ARCH ENEMY, KATAKLYSM, GOD FORBID, DARKEST HOUR, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BURNT BY THE SUN, ALL THAT REMAINS, THE CROWN, DYING FETUS, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, ORIGIN, EXODUS, KRISIUN, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, ENSLAVED, NAGLFAR, DEAD TO FALL, THE KILLER, THE BERZERKER, FLESHGRIND, THE CHASM, BODY COUNT w/ ICE T and many, many more. The band also played numerous metal fests including THE NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FESTIVAL, MINNESOTA MAYHEM and MILWAUKEE METALFEST.

 

 

Random ENFORSAKEN facts:

 

ENFORSAKEN have had their music featured on numerous episodes of MTV'S “Viva La Bam” TV show.

 

ENFORSAKEN'S first CD, "Embraced By Misery," was originally released on SHADOWS FALL guitarists Matt Bachand's indie label "Lifeless Records."

 

ENFORSAKEN have appeared on many compilation albums including the widely popular METAL FOR THE MASSES (A HOT TOPIC exclusive) and IN THE EYES OF DEATH (The European version of Metal For The Masses) cds.

 

James Murphy (Disincarnate, Death, Testament, Obituary guitarist) played a guitar solo on ENFORSAKEN'S "The Forever Endeavor" album. James also mastered the album at his home studio in Florida.

 

ENFORSAKEN'S largest fanbases are in The U.K and Germany.

 

The band has appeared in many print magazines such as METAL MANIACS, REVOLVER, PIT, TERRORIZER, UNRESTRAINED, SOD, DECIBEL and many more.

 

The bands final show was @ The Metro in Chicago on August 19th, 2006.

 

Discography:

First release: Demo 1999 (self released)

 

Second release: 2001. Embraced By Misery MCD/EP (Released on Lifeforce Records in Europe and Lifeless Records in USA) The re-issue of this cd was released in 2005 by Cartel Media Records.

 

Third release: 2004. The Forever Endeavor. Full length CD. (Released on Century Media Records in Europe, Olympic Recordings in USA and Soundholic Records in Japan.)

 

Fourth and final release: 2006. Sinner's Intuition. Full length cd. (Released on Crash Music Inc. worldwide.)

 

 

 

Enforsaken cover artwork

 

Over the years, Enforsaken had the privilege of working with great artists when it came to their cd covers. Credits are as follows.

 

Sinner's Intuition album art: TRAVIS SMITH (Opeth, Katatonia, Soilwork, Nevermore)

 

The Forever Endeavor album art: NIKLAS SUNDIN (Dark Tranquillity guitarist. Has also done art for Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, Strapping Young Lad, Naglfar and more)

 

Embraced By Misery original MCD release art: CARLOS DEL OLMO HOLMBERG (Former Soilwork keyboardist. Has done art for many underground bands.

 

Embraced By Misery original re-release art: ENRICO LONGHIN. Guitarist for Italy's Bleed In Vain.

 

 

 

Enforsaken were sponsored by:

 

CAPARISON GUITARS, GIBSON GUITARS and MADISON AMPLIFIERS.

 

 

 

Band line up 1998-2000:

 

Steve Stell - Guitar, bass, vocals

Patrick O'Keefe - Drums, vocals

 

 

Band line up 2000-2002:

Steven Sagala – Vocals

Joe DeGroot – Guitar

Steve Stell – Guitar

Eric Kava – Bass

Patrick O'Keefe – Drums

 

 

Band line up 2002-2006:

Steven Sagala – Vocals

Joe DeGroot – Guitar

Steve Stell – Guitar

Eric Kava – Bass

Dave Swanson – Drums

 

 

Contact:

 

Steve Stell (Guitar) can still be contacted at the address below.

 

Email: EnforsakenCult@Hotmail.com

 

 

Эпитафия-биография Enforsaken

 

Enforsaken была официально распущена 26-го августа 2006 года.

 

Чикагская группа под названием Enforsaken была образована в 1998 году. В их творчестве можно найти влияние различных стилей, таких как melodic death/black metal, тяжёлый металл/треш, progressive rock, классическая музыка и джаз. Тем не менее, основное звучание группы сильно склоняется к более экстремальной стороне. В то же время, группа редко следовала одному стилю в рамках одной песни. Часто в одной и той же песне сочетались вместе жанры melodic death metal, black metal, the classic NWOBHM style и стиль 70-х. Enforsaken не стремились следовать общему течению. Они были среди первых американских групп, которые в сильной степени были пожвержены влиянию экстремального евромейского металла и на протяжении их карьеры всегда оставались верны андеграунду. Они были намного большим, чем просто среднестатистическая группа, исполняющая металл. Enforsaken черпали вдохновение из многих совершенно разных музыкальных источников, и это позволяло группе быть уникальной. Целью Enforsaken всегда было наивысшее качество исполнения металлической музыки, а не просто быть горячими парнями с постера. Миссия выполнена.

 

Музыку Enforsaken можно найти на сайтах www.itunes.com and www.myspace.com/enforsaken. Пожалуйста, распространяйте музыку Enforsaken бесплатно. Нелегальное скачивание только приветствуется.

 

 

За 8 лет своей истории Enforsaken выступала совместно со следующими группами: SHADOWS FALL, LAMB OF GOD, VADER, SATYRICON, MORBID ANGEL, DISMEMBER, ARCH ENEMY, KATAKLYSM, GOD FORBID, DARKEST HOUR, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BURNT BY THE SUN, ALL THAT REMAINS, THE CROWN, DYING FETUS, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, ORIGIN, EXODUS, KRISIUN, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, ENSLAVED, NAGLFAR, DEAD TO FALL, THE KILLER, THE BERZERKER, FLESHGRIND, THE CHASM, BODY COUNT w/ ICE T и многими другими. Группа также принимала участие во множестве фестивалей, включая "THE NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FESTIVAL", "MINNESOTA MAYHEM" and "MILWAUKEE METALFEST".

 

 

Различные факты о группе Enforsaken:

 

Музыка ENFORSAKEN звучала во многих эпизодах телевизионного шоу “Viva La Bam” на MTV.

 

Первый диск группы "Embraced By Misery был выпущен на лейбле "Lifeless Records", принадлежащим гитаристу группы "SHADOWS FALL".

 

ENFORSAKEN включены во множество компиляционных альбомов, включая широко популярный "METAL FOR THE MASSES" и "IN THE EYES OF DEATH" (европейский вариант "Metal For The Masses").

 

На альбоме "The Forever Endeavor" соло играет гитарист James Murphy, который также сводил этот альбом на своей студии во Флориде.

 

Наибольшее количество фанов группы находится в Великобритании и Германии.

 

Материалы о группе печатались во многих печатных журналах, таких как METAL MANIACS, REVOLVER, PIT, TERRORIZER, UNRESTRAINED, SOD, DECIBEL и многих других.

 

Финальное шоу группы Enforsaken происходило в Чикаго 19-го августа 2006 года.