Released: 2015, Agonia Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Heaven knows we’re miserable now. Italy’s 'Forgotten Tomb' are out to shock and depress on their latest release ‘Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love.’ With some grisly cover art, song titles like ‘Bad Dreams Come True’ and ‘Dread The Sundown’ and enough minor chords to keep the Samaritans working overtime, it’s one of the most downbeat records we’ve heard in ages.
It’s also inexplicably boring and with the exception of the first song, has very little to recommend. It’s all plodding, misanthropic and sterile, the perpetual nihilism getting old very quickly. It’s not possible to make out all the lyrics, but those that are audible seem to concentrate entirely on the dark aspects of human nature. Self-harm, suicide and the bleaker side of life get full reign and by the time you reach the fourth song, you’ll be begging for anything even remotely optimistic just to break the monotony.
Which is all the stranger given that the introductory ‘Soulless Upheaval’ is actually quite good. Starting with a low register growl that sounds like an Ogre waking up on a pile of corpses, it’s blackened death that could have been recorded in a slaughter house. It sets expectations that are never met though as on ‘King Of The Undesirables,’ Forgotten Tomb set a more lethargic pace and stick to it for pretty much the entire album. It picks up again slightly for ‘Mislead The Snakes,’ but otherwise it moves slowly and pointlessly through a catalogue of anguish.
Fans of 'Shining' may find something appealing here but otherwise, ‘Hurt Yourselves And The Ones You Love’ is thoroughly unsatisfying. It’s more depressing than Scott Walker singing the works of Edgar Allen Poe, but its biggest crime is being dull.
Review by Tim Bolitho-Jones