• The cover of . . . And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil

Since its founding in 1999, Italian band Forgotten Tomb has undergone pretty significant stylistic drift. Its music began as raw, grinding, depressive black metal grafted to the mournful melodies of funeral doom, but now it’s relatively upbeat, more like dark rock or even groove-based death metal—though from what I can decipher, the lyrics are still about pain, solitude, suicide, negativity, and nihilism.

I don’t think the shift in tone ought to surprise anyone, not coming from a group whose founding guitarist and front man, Ferdinando Marchisio, calls himself “Herr Morbid”—but maybe that stage name doesn’t sound as silly to Italians. At any rate, because I don’t have any special attachment to Forgotten Tomb’s early material, I’m unencumbered in this case by “the demo was better” syndrome and thus perfectly free to enjoy the borderline swaggering riffs in “Deprived,” the lead single from the new . . . And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil. I especially like the two beats of double kick drum every four bars right at the beginning—it was a good call to keep coming back to that—and the rapid chord changes in the bit that starts at 0:33, which I wouldn’t have expected from a band with such shrieky, blackened vocals. (Most black-metal musicians—hell, most musicians influenced by black metal—seem to prefer relatively stately harmonic motion.) I’m not sold on the acoustic lead guitars from 3:34 to 4:19, but at least they make it sound cooler when the song gets loud again. I think I’m gonna end up with that opening riff stuck in my head for days.

Don’t Deliver Us will be released November 6 in the U.S. via Agonia Records, but it can be preordered now. “Deprived” is streaming after the jump.

Philip Montoro

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid, and he’s also split two national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and one in in 2020 for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.