|Following a four-year hiatus and a personnel reshuffle caused by bassist Einar Frederiksen's untimely passing in 2002, Funeral continue their misty journey into the musical world of sorrow. This band has been characterised as the "most depressing band in the world" and both their music and the tragic facts around them could forgive this description. |
The band was recently hit by yet another tragedy when long-time guitarist, Christian Loos recently died. Still hot from signing a new record deal and vowing to carry on in Loos and Frederiksen's memory, the remaining founding member, Anders Eek, recruited guitarist Mats Lerberg and the misty journey continued...
Seven songs are included in the latest Funeral release, seven songs of deep, mournful Doom Metal. Riffs and melodies painted in the colour of the dusk and the deep melodic vocals of the singer Frode Forsmo (Minas Truth) complete the puzzle.
The opening song of the album entitled 'This Barren Skin' may not be the best song of the album, but it manages to help the listener to enter the world of this great album. The title track that follows is simply one of the band's best moments: A musical mourn characterised by deep dusky melodies and the vocals of Frode Forsmo. Pointing to the vocals, I would like to mention that here you should not expect to hear any male crawling voice lines or female vocals like in the past, Frode Forsmo has overtaken all the vocals based in melodic voice lines and he really has done an excellent job. This is something that you should realise once you hear the following song entitled 'The Architecture of Loss' in which the basic melodic vocal line carries all the beauty of the song. The next song is called 'Red Moon', and in here it is time for the beautiful keyboard melodies to fill the musical lament. 'Vagrant God' is the next song, and once again the main mournful melodies of the guitar are in total harmony with the beautiful voice. Two songs have been left until the end, and as the listener is driven into the end of this mournful trip, the melodies are becoming deeper and even more beautiful and all we can do is close our eyes, remain silent and get lost in the misty vortex of Funeral's beautiful art. Just listen to the two last songs entitled 'Pendulum' and 'Saturn', and I am sure that you would understand my point. For one more time the listener will meet the long compositions of the band (the shortest song lasts 6:15 minutes and the longest lasts 9:13 minutes).
The album is recorded and produced by Kjetil Ottersen at Vektor Studio in Norway and I can assure that a perfect work has been done as far as the production. As far as the front cover, I can point out that it fits very well with the music of the album. Well I guess there is nothing more to write in here; this album is for sure the perfect companion during the forthcoming dark and grim months this year. For Funerals To Come...
1. This Barren Skin
2. From These Wounds
3. The Architecture of Loss
4. Red Moon
5. Vagrant God
Duration : Approx. 57 minutes
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