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Forgotten Tomb : Springtime Depression

If you liked 'Songs To Leave', chances are you will feel the same about 'Springtime Depression'. They are quite similar, though 'Springtime Depression' is a lot more black metal orientated than the former, though not to the extent of 'Obscura Arcana Mortis'. It is more comparable to bands like Abyssic Hate and other depressing black metal bands than doom-metal, but that doesn't stop it from being an awesome album.

Right from the first few seconds you can spot the similarities with Katatonia and even Dolorian, though clouded in the typical black metal buzzing guitars. 'Todestrieb' really sets the feel for the entire disc, with an ice-cold atmosphere and amazingly good black metal style shrieking, which sounds very tortured and powerful, much like on 'Songs To Leave', but even more so. The relentless blackened doom onslaught doesn't let up there as the album blasts through 'Scars' and 'Daylight Obssession' with a fury not often seen in doom, the guitars shrieking out their despondent opus, backed by slowish pounding drums which stop everything spiralling out of control. The highlight of the album is far and away the closing track, 'Subway Apathy', which starts out sounding quite like Dolorian, quite atmospheric with a repetitive riffing, before the tracks launches itself into pain and misery that reminds me a lot of the opener, 'Entombed By Winter' on 'Songs To Leave', only slower, heavier, just plain better. Which pretty much sums up my opinion of this release: better than 'Songs To Leave', which is brilliant in its own right.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Todestrieb
2. Scars
3. Daylight Obssession
4. Springtime Depression
5. Colourless Despondency
6. Subway Apathy

Duration : Approx. 47 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Scott Wickens
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