Interview by Patrick with Herr Morbid who handles guitars / vocals for Forgotten Tomb early January 2013…

Forgotten Tomb never cease to amaze me with their ability to write memorable dark metal songs. And Don't Deliever Us From Evil is the bands  sixth album, if you are familiar with the bands music their trademark sound blackened death/doom is still there and well intact. But this time around the band seems to have a more guitar driven approach with some complex structures and riffs but each members knows their instruments and pulls it off to perfectly. We here at Canadian Assault wanted to catch up with this Italian band once again to talk about the new album and all things Tomb.



Hello how is your week going so far? Please introduce yourself to the readers.

Hi, my week is ok, thanx. I'm Ferdinando AKA Herr Morbid of Forgotten Tomb.

Please give a brief history of the band? How did you come up with name for the band? For the readers who have never heard Forgotten Tomb's great music. How would you describe the band's sound?

Band was born in 1999 as a one-man band, then in 2003 the other guys got into the line-up. We are among the true originators of the so-called "Suicidal/Depressive Black Metal" though over the years we evolved into a different form of art including Dark, Rock and Sludge Metal influences, quite hard to label. Currently we are 4 people in the band and I play guitars and vocals. Though if you don't know the band by now you've definitely been living under a rock, hahah, we got 6 full-length albums out and lots of shows everywhere around Europe including huge festivals such as Hellfest and such.

Forgotten Tomb recently released it's sixth studio cd "And Don't Deliver Us From Evil" how long did it take you all to write and record the songs for this release? Are you all happy with how everything turned out? How has the response been from the press and the fans?

The whole process of songwriting and recording was pretty fast, we never spend too much time in the studio. We are satisfied with the final result. Feedback from press and fans has been extremely good by now, lots of people said it's our best album to date, which is cool being our 6th album already.

As mentioned this is the bands sixth release how do you feel the bands music has changed over the years?

As said before we introduced several influences into our music and generally got a more "rocking" attitude, still retaining the dark feeling of our sound. Evolution is needed because we always want to keep up to date and to be way beyond the awful amount of clone-bands there are around nowadays. We started a whole sub-movement back in the days so we always have to lead, certainly not to step back. This said, it also comes natural because we became better musicians and my songwriting skills got more mature, probably also because of getting older and such. It’s mostly a constant research to reach the zenith of discomfort, which musically speaking is made possible also by an improved technique and by an attitude getting stronger and more focused album after album.

When the band starts working on new material/songs does the whole band take part in the writing process or do 1-2 members handle everything?

Usually I write 90% of the material, I record demo-tracks at home playing all instruments and then I pass over the tracks to the other guys and they learn them as well as adding their own additional arrangements if needed.

Who usually handles the lyrics for the band? What are some topics/subjects you write about? Which usually comes first the music or the lyrics?

It depends, usually I write the music and then the lyrics. Subjects I talk about revolve around negativity, life, human relationships, hatred, depression, nihilism, generally speaking very bad and sick stuff since I feel it's what represents me the better.

Does the band have any upcoming tours/shows planned in support of the new cd? If yes where are some places, countries you will be playing?

We just did a tour with Enthroned and Impiety in Europe and it was really cool. We also played a lot of other shows over the year as well as summer festivals. We’re currently booking shows and tours for the new year.

Who are some bands you have shared the stage with over the years? If you could set-up a "dream" show/tour who are some bands you would love to play with?

Too many to mention, seriously. Just Google our band name/shows and you'll see. Big bands, small bands, lots of bands, especially if you include festivals in it. Dream bands to tour with? I don't know, maybe Iggy And The Stooges or Black Sabbath.

The band comes out of the great Italian metal scene, so I was curious what is your opinion of Italy's metal scene?

There are good bands and bad bands, like in every other country. There's not  much left that I like in Italy, I was mostly into the old scene from the '90s (Mortuary Drape, Death SS, Paul Chain for me – hell yes!! - Dale), though there are still a few good ones, mostly underground stuff.

Who are some of your all-time favorite Italian metal bands? Are there any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon.

Old bands such as Mortuary Drape, Necromass, Death SS, Schizo, Bulldozer, Necrodeath were great back in the days. Then I'd say Aborym, Novembre, Antropofagus, Spite Extreme Wing, Chelmno, Near, Lorn, Hiems, Moriar, Kirlian Camera, Caronte, Whiskey Ritual are some of the ones that come to my mind at the moment.

You handle the guitars for the band at what age did you first start playing? Are you self taught or have you taken lessons in the past?

I started around 13 and I had a friend teaching me the first chords, then afterwards I was self-taught.

Who are some of your influences/favorite guitarist? Do you play any other

Greg Mackintosh of Paradise Lost, Zakk Wylde, Billy Duffy of The Cult, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, Angus Young of AC/DC and some others. I also play bass, banjo, and I sing of course.

You also handle vocal duties for the band do you find it difficult to sing and play guitar in live shows? Who are some of your influences/favorite vocalists? Is there anything special you do to keep your throat/voice healthy?

No, I've been doing it for 10 years by now so of course it's not a problem for me. I don't do anything to keep my voice in shape, I drink a lot of booze and smoke. I think the only good thing is to sleep enough before shows and possibly avoid getting a flu. Favourite vocalists, hmm, too many to mention, mostly Hard Rock vocalists.

Are you or any of the members of Forgotten Tomb currently playing with any other bands or side-projects? if yes please tell the readers a little about them.

I play with a Southern Metal band called Tombstone Highway, 1st full length will be out on Agonia Records in March 2013. I also have a solo-project to be released soon. Our bass player has a band called Hiems and takes part in several projects from time to time. Our guitar player plays in Whiskey Ritual. Our drummer also plays in Whiskey Ritual as well as in other bands.

Well we have reached the end of the interview thank you for taking the time to fill this out. Do you have any final comments for the readers?

Find more about the band and take a listen to our latest album since it's killer. Hail Negativity  




The Forgotten Tomb Discography 

Obscura Arcana Mortis EP CDr / CD / LP, 2000

Songs To Leave Full-length, 2002

Springtime Depression Full-length, 2003

Love's Burial Ground, 2004

Negative Meglomania Full-length, 2007

Volume 5: 1999-2009 Compilation CD, 2010

Under Saturn Retrograde Full-length, 2011

A Tribute To GG Allin 7" EP, 2011

Deprived 7" EP, 2012

...And Don't Deliver Us From Evil Full-length, 2012



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