Anchored in the aggression of bands like KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and AS I LAY DYING while channeling the pop sensibility of STORY OF THE YEAR and CARTEL, Australia’s FORGIVEN RIVAL are quickly gaining momentum and drawing the attention of international audiences, sharing the stage with UNDEROATH, STORY OF THE YEAR, ESCAPE THE FATE, HASTE THE DAY, BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART, THE AUDITION, PARKWAY DRIVE, SILVERSTEIN, PROJECT 86, THSD, SIGHTS AND SOUNDS, BOYS NIGHT OUT, MXPX, I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN, THE GETAWAY PLAN, and more.
“This Is A War is a blueprint for modern Australian, accessible music.
” – Blunt Magazine
“Heavy with melody and aggression, the debut by Melbourne four-piece FORGIVEN RIVAL is nothing short of first class.
” – The Adelaide Advertiser
“The big heavy hardcore breakdowns and metallic edge to their sound ensures that the band have plenty of power behind them, while the melodic choruses showcase the commercial appeal within the band’s song writing… a well-rounded and likeable release, and one that’s sure to attract more than a few listeners in the band’s direction” – The Blistering Webzine.