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Funeral Tears : Your Life, My Death

Funeral Tears play Funeral Doom by the book.

Funeral Tears is a new Funeral Doom project released from the gloomy vaults of Marche Funebre Productions, an obscure Russian Doom merchant whose website (exclusively in Russian) will leave you a bit clueless.

This is the first album for this one-man band under the auspices of Seredov Nikolay. Considering that MFP already released some tasty bits of Doom Metal in the past, including Comatose Vigil or Until Death Overtakes Me, there were good chances that even though the demo/EP stages were skipped, we’d be served with something consistent.

It is indeed consistent and is indeed very much Russian in essence. No need for endless Russian imitations of Funeral Doom? Wishful thinking. This latest release is not different from many other ones. A bit melodic but not too much, a bit raw but not too much, a bit minimalist but… Right… You probably got the picture by now.

I could try and compare it to bands like Worship, Comatose Vigil or and I'd always be right. You could try and compare it to other bands and yet still be right yourself.

Funeral Tears is just as generic as any other given band out there; singing in Russian has long lost its "entertaining” value over the last 10 years. Don’t leave just now, there is nothing alarmingly bad in this record and chances are some will even find good things to point out (I read somewhere it was a masterpiece of raw Funeral Doom, why not…) but most of us will most likely consider this as shelf-filler (or dust-magnet if you prefer). Since it’s a first record, maybe the abundance of clichés found throughout Your Life, My Death will give way to something more substantial and original in a future sophomore release.

Unless you’re THE real die-hard fan of everything Funeral Doom and/or Russian, I’d recommend you stay away from this.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Cold Winter Wind
2. Your Life My Death
3. Funeral Tears
4. For You
5. Без Тебя

Duration : Approx. 51 minutes

Visit the Funeral Tears bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-01-07 by Frédéric Cerfvol
Forever Autumn
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