“So yeah, the band has broken away from the usual norms of DSBM but have raised the attitude, which is still misanthropic and nihilistic as it ever was, branded through a mighty slab of in-your-face Black Metal with plenty of refined melodies.”
It´s really a love/loathe thing with the sepulchral world of Depressive Black Metal (or Suicidal Black Metal if you want to be more shocking). Either you connect with this music on a deep emotional level or get terrified and scarred for life haha. Italy´s Forgotten Tomb was one of first bands of this ilk that I got into a few years back, when they released “Under Saturn Retrograde” and I´ve been following them since.
“Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love”, the album title itself, might be the most jarring detail all in all regarding this new record. Earlier works with Herr Morbid controlling the show had a traumatizing edge to them, whereas the new album has a smooth atmosphere that´s still abrasive but not reaching the same levels of past works. So yeah, the band has broken away from the usual norms of DSBM but have raised the attitude, which is still misanthropic and nihilistic as it ever was, branded through a mighty slab of in-your-face Black Metal with plenty of refined melodies.
“Soulless Upheaval” starts the morose celebrations with trademarked Black Metal guitar dissonances and hateful grooves, no keyboards, no cheerful folk melodies included. “King Of The Undesirables” and the title track are similar tracks, equally dirgeful with a bad-tempered Herr Morbid commanding the mic. “Bad Dreams Come True” is probably my favorite, a bit more aggressive towards the end but still enough melody to keep things interesting, love the Southern grooves of the verses and pre-choruses.
“Mislead The Snakes” is another more melodic track with several great twin lead guitars patterns recalling ancient Katatonia sounds, I´ve always been enthusiastic about bands that have shades of “Brave Murder Day” in their core sound-fabric and Forgotten Tombs does make use of this approach every now and then. “Swallow The Void” serves as an ambient outro, bringing the pessimism to a slow halt.
Clocking at fifty minutes, “Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love” oozes of loathsome atmospheres and keeps the Forgotten Tomb brand authentic even if this album is a drop down in unpleasantness in my opinion. Those wanting to explore the peripheries of the aforementioned genre, this might be a “soft” place to start. 8/10
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