Time`s Forgotten was formed back in 2004 in San Jose, Costa Rica. They’re foremost a Progressive Metal band but unlike it’s peers they experiment with various styles not associated with the genre such as electronica, folk and ethnic elements to name a few.
The end result is on their debut “A Relative Moment of Peace”. The album was over 2 years in the making and released in August 2006.
Since the release, they played various venues but it wasn’t until Baja Prog 2007 that they had a international breakthrough with an amazing captivating performance. This was my first exposure to the band. After their performance, the band‘s manager recognized who I was and offered me their CD to review. I graciously accepted as I wanted to hear the studio versions of what I heard that day.
Now months after their BajaProg debut, I still hear what appealed to me that day. While the basics of the album are in progressive metal mold, it’s those aforementioned elements that make them special. This is evident in the CD’s main piece called “This Troubled Heart Of Mine”. It’s done in four parts with each one significly longer than the previous. The final part, which is the grand finale of the CD, is part 4. This 17 plus minute progressive epic, is worth the price of admission alone.
One of the best things about Time’s Forgotten, is that they step up and go beyond the typical Dream Theater, Queensryche or Fates Warning mold. In my mind when I want to hear “progressive” metal, I will pick out Time’s Forgotten‘s debut. as it’s quickly becoming my favorite progressive metal release since “Images and Words“. In fact in many ways to my ears, “A Relative Moment of Peace” is stylistically and dynamically better and deserves a high recommendation.
Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on June 1st, 2007