Forgotten Tomb

Songs to Leave

Forgotten Tomb - Songs to Leave ©2002 Selbstmord Services
1. Entombed by Winter
2. Solitude Ways
3. Steal My Corpse
4. No Way Out
5. Disheartenment

In a blind taste test, most metal fans would be hard pressed to guess where Forgotten Tomb calls home. Despite the overwhelming depressive Swedish doom sound and general Scandanavian bleakly layered harshness, this act actually hails from Italy. I've always associated that particular country with second rate power metal clones (and Zu, who redefine music on a daily basis, but they're just a freakish exception to all the rules). After listening to Songs to Leave a few times, I must credit Forgotten Tomb with picking up a musical thread dropped by the likes of early Katatonia applying the depressive angle you might hear from Abyssic Hate (who are even further from Sweden than our pals in Italy).

Songs to Leave features five very lengthy songs that roam within the lumbering doom metal category, complete with shredded and mildly distorted vocals that simply scream for a throat lozenge. No clever wordplay implied. Forgotten Tomb generally employ a lot of slower tempos, with the exception of "Steal My Corpse". Naturally, any song that discusses grave robbery should have a more upbeat, quick rhythm to provide the perfect soundtrack for the getaway. One does not swipe a dead boy and simply meander away. This is not how it's done. Anyhow, since all good metal reviews require comparisons, I will submit that Forgotten Tomb has picked up on the sound of early Katatonia as well as a bit of Diabolical Masquerade's nascent recordings. The album closer, "Disheartenment", is the most obvious example of Katatonia inspiration.

To a certain degree, Forgotten Tomb demonstrates most of their songwriting spectrum on the first song and spends a bit too much time sticking to one or two basic ideas. Their delivery is effective, however, which is why I'm not going to hold it against them too much. For a debut, this is a pretty good one. Anyone who enjoys the "depressive" tangent of extreme metal should keep an eye out for a copy.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 11/2009

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