Sound — 9
Forgotten Tomb, perhaps one of the more obscure bands out there but none the less talented, they had proven themselves as more than capable musicians on their previous albums but Negative Megalomania is their most serious and mature work. Blackened Doom metal is rare but there is more to Forgotten Tomb than a rare genre, they don't make filler songs and every song is a cohesive part of the album. If you don't like long songs stay away from Forgotten Tomb and Negative Megalomania because the opening track, "A Dish Best Served Col", at 7 and a half minutes is the shortest song on the album. "No Rehab (Final Exit)", "Negative Megalomania" and "The Scapegoat" all average in abut 11:40 minutes and the epic "Blood and Concrete" is 14 minutes in length. But unlike the vast majority of bands that make long songs or at least longer than they should be Forgotten Tomb have made a big effort to make the songs as interesting and as hypnotic as they can be. Down tempo dominates the album but there are several up tempo blast beat sections, the drumming overall is great. The riffs vary from the standard black metal tremolo picking and cleans to heavy, more doom metal ones, this is countered with very melodic and very rock interludes like the one on "Blood and Concrete" at abut 10:50 minutes. The bass is audible and quite active when compared to most other bands out there.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics on Negative Megalomania, as all other Forgotten Tomb albums deal with depression and suicide, however they are most certainly not teenage rants abut cutting wrists and so on, the lyrics are very mature and carry a lot of gravitas, adding more to the over all gravitas of the album.The vocals have been arranged quite well, most bands that use both clean and guttural/shrieks arrange the two poorly. The clean vocals are well sung and they are fairly potent, the shrieks are strong and very clear not to the point where you won't reach for the booklet but clear enough.
Overall Impression — 10
The album is quite overwhelming at first glance but don't be afraid to explore it, that's its biggest flaw the lack of (immediate)accessibility, Negative Megalomania is definitely not for the fainthearted. If you are looking for something bleak and depressing put Negative Megalomania on and crawl back into your bed.