|At first I was wondering if Dolorian had just come up with a new incognito release, disguised under the unsuspicious moniker Forgotten Tomb. The first track of this album is a 11-minute long ice cold bath in psychedelic clean guitar effects, the typical 'bells' synth sound of Dolorian's haunting debut album, monotonous, nihilistic rhythms and a monolithic bass vibe. |
As the album goes on, it becomes clear that Forgotten Tomb is much more than a shameless Dolorian rip-off. The man behind this solo project understands the art of creating a haunting, cold atmosphere with a minimum of artistic paint brushes and a maximum of emotion and dedication. But the suffocating nihilistic atmosphere is -contrary to the sound of the Finnish masters of dissonant doom- complemented with a touch of melody, some black metal influences and Burzumesque ('Filosofem' era) vocals.
The band balances constantly between nihilistic, extreme doom, guitar harmonies in the vein of old Katatonia and depressive black metal outbursts somewhat reminding of mid period Burzum or Shining. The sharp guitar sound and the tormented vocals are the witnesses of a soul which has suffered the humiliations of this human existence. Pain, suffering and longing for death become art forms through the eyes of the creator of this desolate music, offering to the listener the cathartic experience of wallowing in misery and desperation "…pieces of me randomly scattered on the floor/shrieks of dying animals inside my soul".
1. Entombed by Winter
2. Solitude Ways
3. Steal My Corpse
4. No Way Out
Duration : Approx. 48 minutes
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