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Funeral Tears : Beyond the Horizon

A solid, old-fashioned and highly enjoyable Funeral Doom release from Russia's Funeral Tears.

Iím a bit of a sucker for an old-fashioned Funeral Doom release, and this release from Russiaís Funeral Tears definitely falls into that category. There's just something very unassuming and pleasant about listening to a well-crafted Funeral Doom composition and, whether unique or not, I find 'Beyond The Horizon' to be a very enjoyable listen.

There are things that I can pick fault with, of course. For example, the prolonged gaps between tracks is a little weird and unnecessary. Furthermore, you could argue that the guitarwork is sometimes a little too loud in the mix. Overall, I found more positives than negatives though, and thatís what I am keen to impress upon you all here.

Vocally, Funeral Tears manage to capture their projected pain and sorrow very well indeed, whether itís in the more frequent sorrowful growls, the odd spoken words, or whether itís in the occasional burst of excellent tortured screams. Musically, itís generally at funeral pace (who could have guessed?) with plenty of acoustics and Ambient interludes, not to mention the occasional uptempo burst. I found that the music complemented the lyrics well at every turn though, which I am naturally a fan of.

It seems like itís the "unpopular" thing to do nowadays, to praise a one-man band for doing everything alone, but I am going to do so anyway because I think that Nikolay Seredov should be really proud of this release. Itís one thing to do everything by yourself but itís another thing entirely to do it well.

Is the release unique? No. Then again, I canít remember the last time I thought that a Funeral Doom composition was; thereís only so much a band can do in this sub-genre. This is a bit more polished than the murky '90s version that all Funeral Doom fans adore so donít expect a Thergothon or Skepticism rip-off here. Iíd probably be more inclined to compare them to the likes of Mournful Congregation, although again, theyíre certainly not rip-offs.

My favourite aspect of 'Beyond The Horizon' is how well they command their music. What I mean by that is that it feels like every single aspect of it has been planned out in advance. Iíd like to think that happens with every bandís albums but, based on their outcomes, particularly in the Doom sphere, I donít get that impression as often as Iíd like. Despite the odd breaks between tracks, I feel like Funeral Tears have executed a Skepticism-esque manipulation of their music and vocals, and although Funeral Tears are a bit less dark than the Finnish Gods of the sub-genre, they manage to present their music and message extremely well, hence the slight comparison to a band that really hasnít put a foot wrong, in my opinion.

What else can I say? I really enjoyed this album. It helps that I love Funeral Doom, of course, but I genuinely think that Funeral Tears got a lot right here. The atmosphere generated, the seamless synchronisation between the reflective lyrics and music, and the varied powerful vocals in particular made 'Beyond The Horizon' a great listen for me. Iíll probably get slated for praising a Funeral Doom act as that seems to be the ďin thingĒ, but I mean it most sincerely when I say that any Funeral Doom fan should really enjoy this album to some degree.

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Reviewer's rating: 8.5/10


Tracklist :
1. Close My Eyes
2. Breathe
3. Dehiscing Emptiness
4. I Suffocate
5. Beyond The Horizon
6. Eternal Tranquility

Duration : Approx. 57 minutes

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Reviewed on 2018-06-24 by Ian Morrissey
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