Forgotten Tomb
Springtime Depression


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
October 13th, 2006 | 33 replies | 5,897 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Background Information
Herr. Morbid (Herr is a swedish for Mister/Mr), I don’t know how he came up with that name but who cares, he is the frontman to this quite interesting metal band. Forgotten Tomb is the real band name and they have made a nice career for them selves, Herr. Morbid was left alone for a while at the beginning, he released an EP called Obscura Arcana Mortis back in 1999 and he was responsible for all instruments back then except that he programmed the drumming. Forgotten Tomb is known for their very dark style of music, every song is basically about taking your life and lots of other depressive and negative themes. They play a mix between doom-metal and black-metal, one very slow genre mixed with one of metal’s most intensive genres, how would this music sound like? Well, I will tell you, Forgotten Tomb’s music is slow, very dark (on the edge of extremely dark), and very melodic actually. But this music is not as slow as bands like Thergothon or Cianide. Forgotten Tomb’s music is not highly complex or difficult to master, everything sounds very simple, there are no technical solos or guitar work, the only thing that might seem a bit technical or advanced might be the drum work in some songs. Herr. Morbid concentrates on feelings rather than great musicianship, and I think he is doing a great job, some bands may deliver high-tech music but there is no ‘’magic’’ in their material. But this band does affect you, you really get the feelings of sadness and perhaps depression but the music can also seem beautiful as well (then I just mean certain songs), this music does not fit everyone though, some people might actually take their lives while listening to this while others just enjoy the instrumental and vocal performances and they don’t care about the lyrics.

Album Information
Songs To Leave was released in 2001 and it displayed a very sad, depressive and ‘’hopeless’’ style of music. But the album which was released after Songs To Leave showed another style/sound compared to the first release, the new album is called Springtime Depression. It was released in 2003 and this time the album was even darker, more haunting and more depressive, there are though a few songs that has moments with intensive drum moments but that is all speed this album has to deliver. Herr. Morbid used loud, throat-slitting screams in their first album, it also had lots of simple electric acoustics or ‘’solo-riffs’’ as I call them. Springtime Depression appeared to by somewhat of an opposite to their first album, this time the vocals were more classic black-metal rasp, the guitars are more solid, massive and loud, even melodic acoustics rings out from the songs but the most important thing is: the album is so emotional. This is not difficult music but it is highly emotional, you can really shed a tear while listen to a song. Colourless Despondency, Subway Apathy, Scars and Todestrieb are songs that are very atmospheric, haunting and eerie and quite powerful, these songs have a quite mellow pace but they have a great melody and the song patterns are well thought ot and are easy to follow or ‘’get into’’. Springtime Depression is an instrumental song and there are no other instruments in this song except for two guitars, and there are only slow melodic and electro acoustics in this song. This song made me almost shed a tear, but I think this was a beautiful song even if it makes you sad, this song can make you bored though, the song has a very simple song pattern and the only thing that makes this song good is when one guitar plays a different pattern near the end. Daylight Obsession is the fastest song on this album, it enters with very intenisve drumming and haunting guitar work, the intensity slowly decreases but it still has a faster tempo than the rest of the songs.

My Conclusion
One part of me says that I should stop listen to this band and/or music, another side of me says that this is very interesting and it sounds very good while the third me says that this kind of music is okay but there is a line that I won’t cross, so Me, Myself & I are colliding with each other regarding this album. To be honest with you I have to say that I like this band, but only for their music performance and not because of the lyrics, call me crazy but I enjoy this album very much but this is a band that I will keep to myself though. I found this band while randomly searching for music and I happened to like it, but this is a band that you have to discover on your own in my opinion, but I do recommend it to black-metal fans and perhaps people who like the slower or slowest types of metal genres. I recommend it most because of the fact that the black-metal elements ‘’shines’’ better on this album, if you just happen to like ‘’depressive-metal’’ this might be a band for you.

Pros
+ Incredibly emotional material
+ Very atmospheric, heavy and quite melodic songs
+ The mix between black and doom metal is perfect
+ All songs are actually catchy more or less
+ This is not advanced music but it is played with precision

Cons
- Experienced metal fans might see this band as a sick and twisted band
- Don’t listen to this music if your real life situation is bad or low

Recommended Songs
-- Colourless Despondency
-- Daylight Obsession
-- Springtime Depression

This album will be given a uncertain but yet solid 4/5



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FolloW6ThE9ReapeR
October 13th 2006



4 Comments


This is the most depressing musik ive ever heard. nice review though U described their sound well

Dethtrasher
October 13th 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thank you, and I agree. I have heard very slow music before but this must be the most depressive band I have heard yet.

Freezing Moon
October 15th 2006



63 Comments


How is it being "sick and twisted" a bad thing? Also, if the music is powerful enough effect you when you're life isn't exactly happy then the artist is accomplishing exactly what they want. Definitely not a bad thing.

Great band, though I never paid much attention to this album.

Dethtrasher
October 16th 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Now when you say it I think that you're right, I guess I need to come up with some other negative things. (If I can find any)

Neoteric
October 16th 2006



3243 Comments


Now when you say it I think that you're right, I guess I need to come up with some other negative things. (If I can find any)
You don't have to label down negative points just for the sake of it.

Dethtrasher
October 16th 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

We'll see, maybe I come up something and maybe not.

kalkal50
June 8th 2007



2386 Comments


very awesome album

Dethtrasher
June 8th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks, I also think that the album is pretty awesome as well.

fireaboveicebelow
July 16th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cons
- Experienced metal fans might see this band as a sick and twisted band
- Don’t listen to this music if your real life situation is bad or low
any time I see this I feel compelled to listen

Dethtrasher
July 18th 2008



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Sorry but I never took time to edit that, the album is awesome. It is equally as good as Songs To Leave imo.

fireaboveicebelow
July 18th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wish I could find this stuff, amazon says its out of stock

Dethtrasher
July 18th 2008



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I found shitloads of Forgotten Tomb on Soulseek when used to download. Got everything except Love's Funeral.

fireaboveicebelow
July 18th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can download it all, but I wanna own it

fireaboveicebelow
May 25th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

christ this is good

Zip
May 25th 2009



5313 Comments


The name reeks of doom.

jingledeath
May 25th 2009



7104 Comments


good depressive bm

Zip
May 25th 2009



5313 Comments


Coldworld.

ThusSpokeZarathustra
May 25th 2009



293 Comments


I really enjoyed ‘Songs to Leave’, ‘Love’s Burial Ground’ had absolutely great moments but boring ones as well (‘Kill Life’ and especially ‘Alone’ are absolutely incredible) and ‘Negative Megalomania’ was just kind of so-so all around although I haven’t listened to it in ages. Still need to check this one out.

IMO Bethlehem made some of the most dark/sick/twisted metal recorded to date.

Fireaboveicebelow – have you tried checking redstream or the end records??



fireaboveicebelow
May 25th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no sir, but I will do that now, and I strongly recommend this over the other FT records, I hope the new one will be this good

by the way which Bethlehem record are you referencing?

EDIT: dammit the only cd available anywhere is negative megalomania

ThusSpokeZarathustra
May 25th 2009



293 Comments


The early black/doom era stuff (Dark Metal, Dictlus Te Necare, SUIZID) is all great in my books.



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