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If you like your Funeral Doom truly dark and evil, Aarsland deliver that in spades.



Russia is flourishing at the moment in funeral doom metal. Aarsland is yet another one-man project. The overall feel of this album is dark, evil and creepy. There are definitely black metal elements within this music especially in the vocals.

There are six songs on this album with four songs over the ten minute mark. ‘Der Trauersaal' starts with a monastery of monks chanting before chaotic chords crash over electric acoustic notes ringing in you ears.

Small keys start to work on you, and you get trapped in the tension. The vocals are from Satan himself - this is Hell, and there is no return. I feel like I'm watching the most fucked-up horror film... It's a real destructive force, I didn't know what to actually make of it. After about 7 minutes, I was ready to run for cover and summon an exorcist!

By the third song, ‘Das Stöhnen Der Erde’, we are still in the same theme. It's a feeling like you're trapped in a dungeon awaiting some demonic torturous death. This song is more ambient, and nothing explodes, even after five minutes you're still listening to some psychotic madman whispering his inner demons. The mix and mastering were good, and the sound they captured only added to the evilness of it all.

‘Der Steingott’ has a nice slow clean part at the start. Ambient noises breathe life into the song. It's a life journey of finding out your inner self. It's yet another song that takes a long time to gather pace or tempo. I wanted more, but I am still trying to understand the direction and what the message was that the band tried to convey.

This will definitely suit some people who like the darker side of funeral doom. For me, it was a little too strong, but I can appreciate what they are trying to achieve. A solid work.


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Reviewer's rating: 7/10

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Tracklist :
1. Der Trauersaal
2. Die Erdwürmer
3. Das Stöhnen Der Erde
4. Prolog
5. Der Steingott
6. Das Letzte Stück

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

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Reviewed on 2016-09-14 by Riccardo Veronese
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