Forgotten Tomb are a band from Italy that has been featured before in this zine that h as went through many different musical directions starting with black metal then getting more depressive and doom metal influenced on later releases before evolving more into a mixture of black, gothic and doom metal and this is a review of t heir live 2014 album "Darkness in Stereo: Eine Symphonie des Todes - Live In Germany" which was released by Agonia Records.
Clean playing and audience reception start off the album and after the intro the y play one of the newer tracks which I an not really familiar with but it seems to be in a more blackened doom metal direction while still having the depressive style screaming vocals as well as all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them.
The guitar leads bring in a very melodic sound that reminds me of some of Paradise lost's material in the mid 90's and they also add the melody into the guitar riffing and some of the material they bring onto the live recording has a more modern metal feeling to it along with a mixture of both clean and heavy parts and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
The newer material has a stoner doom metal vibe at times and you can really hear it in their music when the melodic vocals start to kick in and the band also bring s in some of their more older material which I am more familiar with and the musical direction takes depressive black metal and mixes it in with some of the more melodic doom metal of early Katatonia and the band stick to mostly a slow to mid paced sound on this live recording with no blast beats or fast parts being utilized.
With this live album Forgotten Tomb bring in a mixture of both the older and newer material which show 2 different sides of the band and as well as making the live recording sound very diverse, the production has a very powerful live feeling and the lyrics cover dark and depressive themes.
In my opinion this is a very decent sounding live recording from Forgotten Tomb and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Reject Existence" "Solitude Ways" and "Disheartenment". 8 out of 10.