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Funerary Dirge : abyssus abyssum invocat

It's kind of hard to write this review as Matt Zuchowski, the man behind Funerary Dirge, is also a friend and staff mate of mine. However, my first contact with him was actually after I first heard this demo. Nor do I have to judge this harshly in any way as I think now, just like I did when I first heard it, that it's really good music. Still, you could always find out if I'm telling the truth or not by downloading the demo. Yes, like many of Matt's projects, this demo is out for free on the web. More precisely here: http://funerarydirge.funeralart.net/funerarydirge/discog.html. I urge you to listen to them as well as reading the review. After all, one listen will tell you more than I could put into words.

This odyssey of sadness begins with a minimal piano interlude. The emptiness that you experience here is just a little taste of what is to come. By the time it's done, you will feel frozen in time. And all that is needed to achieve this feeling is a drum set, a piano, a bass and some extremely low, rumbling growls. Does it sound like I'm describing Until Death Overtakes Me? Well, the ambient atmosphere and the vocals are very similar. But instead of sounding druidic, Funerary Dirge is cold and bleak. Just like those painful memories that are hidden away because you don't want to acknowledge them.

For those who haven't realized it yet, I'll say it now. Fans of grooving doom like traditional and stoner doom, or fans of aggressive doom like sludge doom won't enjoy this at all. This is music only meant for those who enjoy bone chilling ambient atmospheres of utterly depressive funeral doom. Fans of Until Death Overtakes Me will find this to be their cup of tea. On the other hand, oddly enough I get bored by Until Death Overtakes Me, but this never seems to grow dull. As a final note I'd just like to say that if you enjoy this demo, then getting hold of the full length is a good idea. Not only are all three demo tracks on it, there are also two more tracks from the same chilly void.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Procession of Gods and Tyrants
2. Eternal, and Yours
3. The First Temptation

Duration : Approx. 30 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-2004 by Arnstein Petersen
No God Only Pain
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