Forgotten Tomb‘s new album flew under my radar last and year, and actually is one I only got around to checking out for this review. “We Owe You Nothing” is an interesting piece of work. The band abandons their black metal sound that made up their earlier work, instead going for a groove/doom metal sound with black metal influence. While this might disappoint longtime fans of the band, the album a very solid album, and while it’s not a masterpiece, it’s a solid album that at least deserves people’s attention. The title track, “We Owe You Nothing” opens up the album, and does so with a really nice riff. The writing is a solid, and has decent production to back it up. The pace is slowish, and like most of the album, is very lead guitar focused.
“Second Chances” is the second song on the album, and is a darker song than most of the songs on the album. This song is tone focused, and a bit faster than the previous song. Up next is “Saboteur”, and is another faster paced song, with some really nice guitar work. “Abandon Everything” is my personal favorite song on the album. This song is bass focused, but at the same time shows off more good guitar work. There is some melody slipped into some aspects of this song, and this one really stands out compared to the rest on here. The album gets heavier with “Longing for Decay”, which brings back the dark tone. The lead guitar continues to be great, and the pace variations are pretty solid. “Black Overture” is the final song on the album and is an instrumental. The writing here is solid, and while the band’s modern style doesn’t necessarily fit an instrumental track, they manage to make it work with a solid ending. This album is good. While it’s not amazing, it’s a solid album that deserves at least some scoping out by metal fans.
Overall Score: 7.5/10
Review by Sam Hookom