Forgotten Tomb
Negative Megalomania


3.5
great

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
May 27th, 2007 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Clean vocals and some more melodic elements has given Forgotten Tomb's new album a character of its own. A good place to start if you want to get into the band's depressive ''suicidal'' black/doom.

Forgotten Tomb – A black metal band with doom metal as metal platform. They have come from Italy and they have become a pretty well-established metal band in the underground metal scene over the years. The most interesting thing about Forgotten Tomb is their ability to create music that actually touches your inner emotiones. This is not a technically gifted band but they can create strong music with simple techniques and vocals. Another interesting thing about this band is their development between albums. Lets take a look at their first album Songs To Leave. That album is probably the most unique album, it displays anxiety, hoplessness and sorrow in a perfect way with Herr Morbid’s throat slitting screams and wails. Springtime Depression had a more solid musical sound and it had also the best vocals when it comes to black metal vocal work. That album was very very dark, creepy and more unpleasent than the first album. Love’s Burialground was pretty much the same thing except that the album had more songs compared to the rest of the albums. And in 2007 they released a new album called Negative Megalomania, and that is the album that you will be reading about now.

Negative Megalomania, 2007

Strengths – I knew that this band tends to change their music when they release a new record so I could never imagine how this was going to sound like. As usual, the band still possesses the ability to create unpleasent black/doom by just using simplistic music. The melodies in this album is definitley a plus because they give the tracks lots of catchy hooks and a great atmosphere. You will encounter sad and depressive melodies that will haunt you like a ghost in an abandon house. Electro acoustics and a varied lead guitar create a good atmosphere and character to the tracks which lowers the repetitive factors. A secong thing that has changed is the vocals work. From screams to blackish shrieks you have now semi-death grunts which still sounds familiar to black metal vocalists. The overall song material follows the same track but in different trains so to say. Some of the best ‘’pure’’ black/doom tracks from this ablum would be A Dish Best Served Cold and Blood And Concrete. Those tracks have the best of all elements, eerie and unpleasent atmospheres, ordinary black metal vocals (most of the time) and haunting melodies. But there is more, clean vocals are now being used. This new vocal addition will definitley attracted more people plus that it gives the material a whole new look.

Weaknesses – This album does not have that much negative stuff, there are only two, perhaps three things that didn’t worked for me this time. The first thing I would like to point out is the new type of vocals. The band just lost 50% of their creepy and unpleasent vibe just because of these new vocals. Their suicidal black/doom sounds more like some dumb emo bull**** when the clean singing takes place. It actually sounds like Gene Simmons (from KISS), and vocals like that sounds pretty stupid in this kind of music. No Rehab (Final Exit) and The Scapegoat are two examples of songs that has clean vocals, the tracks overall are very good but without the clean singing they would’ve been better. The second thing that I thought was bad, but only slightly bad were some of the melodies. They still manage to maintain a certian level of creepiness with their melodies but now there are a little too many melodies. If you compare this album to the other albums you will notice a pretty well balanced mix of melodies and black metal elements (musicwise). The melodies actually reduce pretty much of the black metal elements, but not much though.

Not a bad record at all, this is actually really good but because of the clean singing the rating will be lowered, drastically. I would say that this band is pretty unique, they don’t use the same type of sound but they don’t change it too much either. You can hear that it is black/doom all the time except that there are some changes and fixes throughout their material. I highly recommend people who are into black metal of all different types to check out this band. It might not be your black metal dream band but you will definitely get a new black metal experience if you decide to listen to this band. Negative Megalomania would be a good gateway for those who want get into the band’s music, but if you want a real Forgotten Tomb experience I highly recommend their second album Springtime Depression. If you people like black metal with Satanist lyric themes and stuff like that then you should handle a band that sings about suicide and stuff like that. Remember, there is music out there that is much worse than this in terms of lyric messages.

Recommended Tracks
-- A Dish Best Served Cold
-- Negative Megalomania
-- Blood And Concrete

3.5/5



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kalkal50
May 27th 2007


2386 Comments


Good job, but try not to divide your review into sections because then it just prevents a more profound reading experience. I know it makes it easier and straight to the point, but wit is one of the keys to persuasion. I thought this was an improvement from your last reviews , feel free to go even further when it comes to emotion and inferring. Good analysis on the whole :thumb: I actually liked the first track, but it goes downhill from there.This Message Edited On 05.27.07

Dethtrasher
May 27th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like to give people the opportunity to read what they think is more interesting with this type of review format. When I review albums that affects me I tend to describe them with other words and stuff. Sometimes my reviews can be very flat and direct when I think an album is meh for example. It always depends on the mood, better mood = better reviews.

kalkal50
May 27th 2007


2386 Comments


Yeah, thats the advantage with this review, its more accessible, but just as a tip for the future.

Slaytan
May 27th 2007


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, I kind of like how it's broken up into sections. I may check this out.
Any reason the rating is a 3, but at the bottom of the review it says 3.5?

kalkal50
May 28th 2007


2386 Comments


He probably gave it a 3.5 at first but then concluded the review with a 3.

Dethtrasher
May 28th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No, I rated this as a 3.5/5 from the beginning and I have tried to fixed but something seems to be wrong in the data system =/

Sorry, my bad. I accidentely rated it as a 3/5 right from the beginning. My mistake, problem fixed. :pThis Message Edited On 05.28.07

Confessed2005
May 28th 2007


3314 Comments


Nice review as usual man.



kalkal50
May 28th 2007


2386 Comments


oo closing in on 1000 posts are ya

Cravinov13
May 28th 2007


3854 Comments


I'm really starting to dig this band.

Dethtrasher
May 29th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Same here Crav, I have three of their albums in my mp3 and don't want to get rid of them. There is something about their music that makes my interested.This Message Edited On 05.29.07

kalkal50
May 29th 2007


2386 Comments


Buy a better mp3 so you can store more songs :P



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