ALBUM REVIEW: Forgotten Tomb – Nihilistic Estrangement

I’m just going to come right out and say it: Italy’s Forgotten Tomb is one of the most criminally underrated bands in the Harsh Doom arena, most probably because its early fanbase still feels aggrieved at its reinvention from a Black metal band. Get over it: it’s been that way for the last seventeen years and eight albums. With a solid unit existing throughout that period, it’s also safe to say that this is more than Herr Morbid‘s project, and new album Nihilistic Estrangement (Agonia Records) continues to display the trio’s ever-strengthening unity with expansions on the core sound. Continue reading

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Forgotten Tomb to Release New Album This Spring

Long-standing Italian Blackened/Doom band Forgotten Tomb will release their new album, Nihilistic Estrangement, this May 8th via Agonia Records. This album will be the acclaimed followup to 2017’s We Owe You Nothing! The band has revealed the cover artwork, the tracklisting and pre-orders are live at the links below. The album’s cover artwork is a painting, specifically drawn for this release by artist Paolo Girardi (Power Trip, Bell Witch, Inquisition). It complements the misanthropic and introvert nature of music and lyrics alike. Nihilistic Estrangement was produced by Ferdinando “Herr Morbid” Marchisio (vocal, guitars) and mixed by Alessandro “Algol” Comerio (bass). Jack Control mastered the album at Enormous Door Studios (Darkthrone, Aura Noir, Martyrdod). The band will promote the new album with a headlining European tour in May 2020 with support from Vanhelga (SWE) and Totalselfhatred (FIN). Continue reading

Forgotten Tomb and Nocturnal Depression Booking Upcoming European Tour

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Italian back/doom metallers Forgotten Tomb and French metallers Nocturnal Depression will be teaming up for an upcoming European tour in late October and early November 2015. Forgotten Tomb is supporting their latest record Hurt Yourself And the Ones You Love, out now via Agonia Records, and Nocturnal Depression is supporting Spleen Black Metal, out now via Avantgarde Music.

Confirmed dates include:

May 16: Melna Piektdiena – Riga (LAT)
May 17: Kulturos Baras Kablys – Vilnius (LIT)
May 30: Billar Billy’s – Mexico City (MX)
Jun 06: Metropol Live Stage – Kiev (UKR)
Aug 09: Agglutination Metal Festival – Chiaromonte (PZ) (IT)
Sep 18: Phoenix Club – St. Petersburg (RU)
Sep 19: Rock House – Moscow (RU)

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Forgotten Tomb – Hurt Yourself and the Ones You Love

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Just when you thought winter was on its way out and happy, sun-drenched times were on the way, along come Forgotten Tomb with another slab of depressive black/gothic/doom metal to remind you that life ain’t all sunshine and rainbows; it’s full of pain and sorrow. Having said that, the Italian quartet are nowhere near as bleak as the raw black metal of their early days, and seventh full-length proper Hurt Yourself and the Ones You Love (Agonia) sees them crawl further from the crypt into the glare of stadium rock lights, albeit one located in the depths of your own personal hell.

Still heavily influenced by fellow travellers in woe Shining (the creepy black metal lot, not the jazz weirdos), Forgotten Tomb’s songwriting continues to improve, with big stomping riffs and twisted grooves propelling songs such as ‘King of the Undesirables’ forward with grim intent, like a reanimated corpse that wants your hand in unholy matrimony.

Of course, everything is still coated in an impenetrable layer of darkness that prevents these anti-anthems ever being acceptable to the normals in the light-world, even though there are plenty of mournful melodies that the likes of Paradise Lost and Katatonia would sacrifice their first born for. The frequent lurches into ragged, speedy black metal keeps things dangerous and reminds the listener that the band have not forgotten their twisted, blood-smeared roots.

They’re still eager to court controversy as proven by the eyebrow-raising cover art, album title and over-the top lyrics (“I’ll fuck your daughter, slit her throat then bathe in her blood” anyone?) but thankfully have the musical muscle to back it up. The repetitive, marching dirge of ‘Dread the Sundown’ is the longest walk to the gallows you will ever face while the cold emptiness of coda ‘Swallow the Void’ ends thing on a stark note.

Forgotten Tomb will never hit the big leagues but it would be a crying shame if they did. Their twisted talent and the uncompromising vision of frontman Herr Morbid is something that belongs in the underground, where it thrives away from the light. Hurt Yourself… is a grimly satisfying peek into that darkness.

 

8.0/10

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Audio: Forgotten Tomb – Bad Dreams Come True

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Italian doom black metallers Forgotten Tomb is streaming “Bad Dreams Come True,” off of their new album Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love, out April 17, 2015 in Europe and April 21, 2015 in North America via Agonia Records here.

Stream the music video for “Hurt Yourself and Ones You Love below.

Hurt Yourself and The Ones You Love was recorded and mixed in Sound Suite Studios in Marseille, France with Terje Refsnes (Carpathian Forest, Novembre, Gehenna, Destroyer 666) behind the knobs. Brad Boatright of Audiosiege Studio (Corrosion Of Conformity, Nails, Vallenfyre, Beastmilk, High On Fire) took care of the mastering in Portland, OR.

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Hurt Yourself and The Ones You Love Track Listing
01: Soulless Upheaval
02: King Of The Undesirables
03: Bad Dreams Come True
04: Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love
05: Mislead The Snakes
06: Dread The Sundown
07: Swallow The Void

Line-up:
Ferdinando “Herr Morbid” Marchisio – guitar, vocals
Andrea “A.” Ponzoni – lead guitar
Alessandro “Algol” Comerio – bass
Kyoo Nam “Asher” Rossi – drums

Upcoming shows:
Apr 03: Doom Over London Festival – London (UK)
May 15: Tapper Club – Tallinn (ES)
May 16: Melna Piektdiena – Riga (LAT)
May 17: Kablys – Vilnius (LIT)

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Kjeld – Skym

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After forming in 2003, Dutch quintet Kjeld has finally got round to releasing their debut album, with the wait presumably down to the difficulty the band has had in translating their lyrical concepts of anti-cosmic mysticism and the nature of death into the Friesian language, a difficult tongue to master. Well, the wait was worth it, for Skym (Hammerheart) is a suitably grim piece of Second-wave worship that fans of Gorgoroth and Enthroned will lap up like blood from a chalice.

With a knack for imbuing searing black metal riffs with a feeling of unease and coldness like the true greats of the genre, the band members have evidently put a lot of thought and effort into crafting the songs for this debut effort. The slightly murky production, with the snare drum in particular high in the mix, ensures that the atmosphere is claustrophobic and full of dread while the pace remains varied throughout.

Although rooted in the light-speed riffing of the Norwegian great and good, as demonstrated on the aggressive opening salvo of ‘Tûzen Sinnen’ and the title track, the lurch into mid-paced suicidal depressive black metal territory on the Forgotten Tomb-worshipping ‘Gerlofs Donia’ is evidence that the band have a few tricks up their sleeves, further demonstrated by the monolithic power of classy album closer ‘Bern Fan Freya.’

While their fellow countrymen Sammath failed to stake a claim for the importance of black metal from the Low Countries with the disappointing Godless Arrogance (Hammerheart), Kjeld has proven that relatively gimmick-free black metal still has a future and that there’s a lot to be said in waiting to ensure you get your debut release right instead of rushing things and being disappointed with the result. On that basis, Kjeld have begun their career in just the right way.

 

7.0/10

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JAMES CONWAY

Forgotten Tomb Streaming “Hurt Yourself and The Ones You Love”

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Italian black/doom metallers Forgotten Tomb is streaming the album’s title track and music video Hurt Yourself and The Ones You Love, out April 17, 2015 in Europe and April 21, 2015 in North America via Agonia Recordshere and below.

Hurt Yourself and The Ones You Love was recorded and mixed in Sound Suite Studios (Marseille, France) with Terje Refsnes (Carpathian Forest, Novembre, Gehenna, Destroyer 666) behind the knobs. Brad Boatright of Audiosiege Studio (Corrosion Of Conformity, Nails, Vallenfyre, Beastmilk, High On Fire) took care of the mastering in Portland, OR.

Hurt Yourself and The Ones You Love
tracklist:
1- Soulless Upheaval
2- King Of The Undesirables
3- Bad Dreams Come True
4- Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love
5- Mislead The Snakes
6- Dread The Sundown
7- Swallow The Void

Line-up:
Ferdinando “Herr Morbid” Marchisio – guitar, vocals
Andrea “A.” Ponzoni – lead guitar
Alessandro “Algol” Comerio – bass
Kyoo Nam “Asher” Rossi – drums

Upcoming shows:
Mar 14: Comunità Giovanile – Busto Arsizio [Va] (IT)
Apr 03: Doom Over London Festival – London (UK)
May 15: Tapper Club – Tallinn (EST)
May 16: Melna Piektdiena – Riga (LAT)
May 17: Kablys – Vilnius (LIT)

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Forgotten Tomb Releasing Hurt Yourself and The Ones You Love In April

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Italian black/doom metallers Forgotten Tomb will be releasing their eighth studio album Hurt Yourself and The Ones You Love on April 17, 2015 in Europe and April 21, 2015 in North America via Agonia Records.

The new album is a “mix of melancholy, groove and pure malignancy” – as put by the band’s leader, Ferdinando “Herr Morbid” Marchisio. “We kept the sound very organic and natural, kinda old-fashioned but still very fresh. The new songs are heavy as fuck and they feature our classic trademark plus some new elements. I can’t wait for people to listen to it, ’cause it’s a really special album for us and probably the most extreme we did in quite a while, both musically and conceptually”.

Hurt Yourself and The Ones You Love was recorded and mixed in Sound Suite Studios (Marseille, France) with Terje Refsnes (Carpathian Forest, Novembre, Gehenna, Destroyer 666) behind the knobs. Brad Boatright of Audiosiege Studio (Corrosion Of Conformity, Nails, Vallenfyre, Beastmilk, High On Fire) took care of the mastering in Portland (Oregon, USA).

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Hurt Yourself and The Ones You Love tracklist:
1- Soulless Upheaval
2- King Of The Undesirables
3- Bad Dreams Come True
4- Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love
5- Mislead The Snakes
6- Dread The Sundown
7- Swallow The Void

Line-up:
Ferdinando “Herr Morbid” Marchisio – guitar, vocals
Andrea “A.” Ponzoni – lead guitar
Alessandro “Algol” Comerio – bass
Kyoo Nam “Asher” Rossi – drums

Upcoming shows:
Feb 28: Under The Doom Festival – Lisbon (PORTUGAL)
Mar 14: Comunità Giovanile – Busto Arsizio [Va] (ITALY)
Apr 03: Doom Over London Festival – London (UK)
May 15: Tapper Club – Tallinn (ESTONIA)
May 16: Melna Piektdiena – Riga (LATVIA)
May 17: Kablys – Vilnius (LITHUANIA)

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Forgotten Tomb confirm album title and release details

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Italian blackened doom merchants Forgotten Tomb have confirmed full details of their new opus magnificus.

Released on Agonia Records, the bands eighth album has been adorned with the title Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love and will be released on April 17th (UK/Europe) and April 21st (US/Rest of World).

Produced by Terje Refsnes (Carpathian ForestGehenna), the album is described by Ferdinando “Herr Morbid” Marchisio as “a mix of melancholy, groove and pure malignancy”.

Tracklisting:

1- Soulless Upheaval
2- King Of The Undesirables
3- Bad Dreams Come True
4- Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love
5- Mislead The Snakes
6- Dread The Sundown
7- Swallow The Void

The band have also previewed the new album cover:

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