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Well, this all sounds rather weird and like a two-edged sword, but seems like we should at least keep an eye on this release. I wonder why they had to re-master the tracks if they use the original recordings, though. The sound quality has always been brilliant... Well, it was recorded at Academy studios, if I recall correctly, so it's no wonder it sounded perfectly professional. But "remastered" always sounds good in a press release, I guess. :shrug:

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This release will contain 9 tracks about 70 min of material
so you'll have a chance to hear finished tracks from old recording session

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Well, let's wait and see. I myself hope for no male vocals on this recording, since I can't stand the new singer's voice.

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Agreed. It wouldn't fit the old material anyway...

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Okay now I'm really confused.

Perhaps this new CD contains the 5 songs featured on the original demo, in their original form but just remastered? Then the 4 bonus unreleased songs were instrumentals taken from the 1997 demo sessions, but with newly recorded vocals from their current vocalist? Otherwise it sounds like they may have re-recorded the vocals on ALL the songs...which would really be a shame. I thought the original 1997 Demo was perfect as-is, and the female vocalist really fit the songs well.

Maybe Solitude Productions can be a little more clear as to what this new release is? :)


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Otherwise it sounds like they may have re-recorded the vocals on ALL the songs...which would really be a shame. I thought the original 1997 Demo was perfect as-is, and the female vocalist really fit the songs well.


That's exactly what I was trying to say. :;):

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New info will be posted soon
old removed per band request

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Various singers, huh. I suppose I'll give this album a chance, but it feels like a big waste of good music. That's just sad. I kinda like Frode's voice though.

BTW does someone have " Your pain is mine" from the original demo without those annoying errors ?


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Various singers, huh. I suppose I'll give this album a chance, but it feels like a big waste of good music. That's just sad. I kinda like Frode's voice though.

BTW does someone have " Your pain is mine" from the original demo without those annoying errors ?


I don't think that a flawless version of this song exists, unfortunately. As far as I am informed, the errors have already been present on the masters.

This statement from Funeral seems to confirm my apprehensions with regard to this album. And the fact that they say it sounds quite close to the present sound doesn't help either. So I totally agree, it seems to be a waste of the good stuff recorded back then and on the whole more of a shame than a gain. I might give it a listen when it comes out, but honestly I only expect the worst. The very worst. Just think of this terrible "Hunger" version on the last album.....

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Speaking of flaws... I'm having a fairly hard time reading this statement. Ever heard of proof reading...? The language in general is embarrassing, the grammatical structures catastrophic, and the multiple typos just plain unnecessary. In view of such a convoluted history of members in/members out, why not at least have the decency to write a less convoluted text to communicate it!? This whole thing seems pretty rushed and superficial to me.


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Im still slightly confused. Is the new release the recordings that they did back in 1996 plus 5 other tracks?


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Speaking of flaws... I'm having a fairly hard time reading this statement. Ever heard of proof reading...? The language in general is embarrassing, the grammatical structures catastrophic, and the multiple typos just plain unnecessary. In view of such a convoluted history of members in/members out, why not at least have the decency to write a less convoluted text to communicate it!? This whole thing seems pretty rushed and superficial to me.


I totally agree. I just couldn't care enough to comment on the language, and shamefully such bad language is found far too often is similar cases (but this exemplar is sort of extreme in some respects). It hurts quite a bit to read something like this if you're a language fanatic and writer like myself. You get the impression of the band not taking anything of it seriously enough themselves, as if they just don't give a damn after all. I mean, if they don't even care to give the whole thing a single round of proof-reading...

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[quote="d.mimøsa"][quote="Overcast"]Speaking of flaws... I'm having a fairly hard time reading this statement. Ever heard of proof reading...? The language in general is embarrassing, the grammatical structures catastrophic, and the multiple typos just plain unnecessary. In view of such a convoluted history of members in/members out, why not at least have the decency to write a less convoluted text to communicate it!? This whole thing seems pretty rushed and superficial to me.

I totally agree. I just couldn't care enough to comment on the language, and shamefully such bad language is found far too often is similar cases (but this exemplar is sort of extreme in some respects). It hurts quite a bit to read something like this if you're a language fanatic and writer like myself. You get the impression of the band not taking anything of it seriously enough themselves, as if they just don't give a damn after all. I mean, if they don't even care to give the whole thing a single round of proof-reading...[/quote]

...then what to expect of their artistic integrity as a whole? Exactly!


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Now I'm even more confused haha. So we get one song from the original 97 Demo with Sara on vocals, then re-recorded ones ones with Frode on vocals, and then some with their brand new vocalist? I wish this press release made a bit more sense. I still have no clue really what exactly is on this new album.

I also don't understand at all why they would put on just one song from the original demo with Sara on vocals. That is just a strange decision to me.


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who cares how they write in English... I only care about their music...

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[quote="Merchant of Doom"]who cares how they write in English... I only care about their music...[/quote]

I do; articulation says a great deal about human character, and human character is essential in art. Nevertheless, my comment concerned not so much the way they write the English language per se as the way they approach the potential listener with this rather peculiar release. My point is that if you're serious about promoting something, you find the resources to do it properly.


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it was just a template but not finished version so there was some mistakes

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Funeral “To Mourn Is A Virtue” available for preorder

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We are glad to announce that we started to accept preorders for the upcoming Funeral album “To Mourn Is A Virtue”. Release date 24.05.2011.

This release is a missing link between classical album «Tragedies» (1995) and «In Fields Of Pestilent Grief» (2002). This album is based on unreleased dome-record and contains nine previously unknown tracks remastered in 2010, almost 15 years after the moment they were initially recorded at studio.
Digibook package limited to 999 copies.

Preorder now!

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Got it from Solitude prod and had a nice calm listen today.

First, let me put here few quotes from sleeve:
"...originally recorded in the famous Academy Studio, Yorkshire in England, may 1996. The band spent ten days recording ten instrumental tracks (as we were without a singer at that time)... This demo is considered being the missing link between "Tragedies" and "In fields of pestilent grief" (2001)...
Soon after the recording we recruited Sara E. as a singer, and released 5 of the tracks as the demo "To Mourn is a Virtue"...
The only song on this album that is originally from the "To mourn is a virtue" demo is "Wrapped all in woe", due to the fact that all the other songs with the other singers simply sound much better.
Sara E. however left the band soon after it's release, and again we were looking for a singer that would fit our sound."

Thus, what we have here vocalist-wise is this:
4 songs sung by Frode Forsmo
4 songs sung by Oysten Rustad
1 song sung by Sara E. (i.e. original vocals of "To Mourn is a Virtue" demo)

So, obviously, they kind of fucked up the true "To Mourn is a Virtue" demo feeling, in favor for new vocalists that sound more in vein of last two albums ("From These Wounds", "As The Light Does the Shadow").

Apart from this arguable decision and few stupid remarks in description ("due to the fact that all the other songs with the other singers simply sound much better" - oh come on, this is a taste-dependent thing, how can you call it a fact?), the release is actually quite allright.
If you liked two last albums (at least to a certain degree), "To Mourn is a Virtue" album is definitely recommended, especially if you also like old stuff (which I guess most of people do), because music-wise it bears decent amount of IFoPG and even Tragedies feeling.

Of-course, if you were just expecting official release of "To Mourn is a Virtue" demo with Sara E. vocals, you're not getting what you expected now (and might be you won't ever get it). Well, except for one track.
But I encourage everyone to at least give it a try, because all in all its a very decent release.

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Incidentally, I got From These Wounds from a trade lately. I hadn't listened to it since its release and well, imo, this is their most solid album to date. Incidentally also, I downloaded not long ago IFOPG and I like it very much. The female vocals are not so exciting on the long run, too monotonous and lacking any real deep emotions that would catch you by the throat like you can find in The 3rd and the mortal or the gathering. But there're so many good riffs on that cd, you can't pass it by.

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