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February 8, 2013

Steff Metal reviews: Forgotten Tomb – “…And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil…”

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… And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil … is the sixth full-length release from Italy’s Forgotten Tomb, following on from their 2011 release Under Saturn Retrograde. Fronted by multi-instrumentalist Herr Morbid on guitars and vocals, and with a blistering backline provided by Razor SK (guitars), Algol (bass) and Asher (drums), this band proves that blackened doom has earned a place amongst the most elite of the metal underground.

I enjoy Forgotten Tombs because their music – while maintaining all the essential elements of extreme metal – is quite accessible. The simplicity of the riffs and structures, mixed with poetic lyrics delivered with Herr Morbid’s shrieks, growls and cleaner rasps, allows the melody and the atmosphere of the songs to take centre stage.

I love the first track, “Deprived”, with it’s mainstream structure and powerful melody. The title track, “… And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil …” is more of a classic black metal piece – with the lightning-fast, repetitive drums, tremolo picking, and the rasped vocals. The standout track on the album was the rocking “Let’s Torture Each Other”, which sounds like Alice Cooper crossed with Immortal, and “Love Me Like You Love the Death” – a bitter, twisted tale where Herr Morbid’s vocal performance truly shines.

At times, there’s a real mish-mash of styles and influences, and certain passages feel a bit hastily stitched together. They’ve been compared to Woods of Ypres and the Shining, and I can certainly understand why, although in some places Forgotten Tomb neglect to create the atmosphere and pathos of albums like Pursuit of the Sun & Allure of the Earth. But this does not take away from what I found to be an extremely solid and rewarding album.

I’ve been pretty bored of cookie-cutter “tr00 Scandinavian” black metal for ages, so it’s always refreshing to hear from black metal bands in other parts of the world who are doing different things with the music. This album might be a bit too polished for the purists – it’s certainly not as raw and primal as the occult metal coming from the US – but Forgotten Tomb’s black’n’roll fusion definitely floats my boat.

You can learn more about Forgotten Tomb on the Agonia Records website, and like the Forgotten Tomb Facebook Page for updates on the band.

Forgotten Tomb are embarking on a European tour this Spring to promote … And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil …

Join them in the following cities, with support from Isole and Ereb Alkor.

04/24 ITALY – TORINO / UNITED CLUB
04/25 ITALY – MILANO – TBC
04/26 SWITZERLAND – ZURICH, ALTE KASERNE
04/27 FRANCE – TBC
04/28 FRANCE / SPAIN – TBC
04/29 SPAIN – TBC
04/30 PORTUGAL – BENAVENTE / SIDE B
05/01 SPAIN – MADRID / RITMO Y COMPAS
05/02 SPAIN – BARCELONA / BE GOOD
05/03 SPAIN – ZARAGOZA / UTOPÍA
05/04 FRANCE – TOLOUSE / TBA
05/05 FRANCE – PARIS / GLAZART
05/06 UK – LONDON / GARAGE UPSTAIRS
05/07 UK – NEWCASTLE / THINK TANK
05/08 BELGIUM – MECHELEN / KAMIKAZE
05/09 HOLLAND – ARNHEM / TBA
05/10 GERMANY – OBERHAUSEN / HELVETE
05/11 GERMANY – ERFURT / FROM HELL
05/12 GERMANY /AUSTRIA / TBC