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Funerary Dirge : Prologue: Memoria in Aeterna

One of the biggest changes in the doom scene thanks to the vulgarisation of the mp3 culture and the free distribution of music was the sudden increase in the numbers of one-man studio projects. It can be argued whether the addition of such projects has actually made the genre richer and more diverse, as many of those acts seem to be the products of untalented musicians who (think they can) compensate their lack of musical inspiration with the increasing technological progress in sound recordings. There are of course exceptions to the rule and many would agree that genre defining acts like Until Death Overtakes Me and Nortt have enriched the doom metal world providing the humanity with some of the most desolate, bleak expressions of the soundtrack for the 21st century.

Funerary Dirge belongs fortunately in that second category, making a musical proposition which is at the same time unique, interesting and well-thought. A slow, minimalist, desolate piano tune sets the tone for the rest of this album and - however strangely as this might sound after the last sentence - not very much happens for the rest. The piano is occasionally married to digitally distorted guitars (which sound very much like their compatriots Zaraza), highly distorted, unintelligible grunts and some serene, minimalist, almost jazzy drums. All tracks consist of monotonous, flat soundscapes devoid of dynamism or any musical textures which could save the listener from his deep state of apathy.

The work has a very relaxed, laid-back vibe which reminds me slightly of the German experimental doom jazz combo Bohren und der Club of Gore. However, Funerary Dirge distinguishes itself from more jazzy acts by the fact that it aims to create a comatose musical state, a world devoid of any recognizable human emotion. To put it with UDOM.'s words: "an absence of life." The result is not particularly dark and disturbing (at least not compared to some other extreme acts), but very much effective in its banning of all emotional expression; it sounds barely like the creation of a human mind.

Fans of Until Death Overtakes Me and most ambient fans will dig this. For the metal fan, this might be the ideal album to relax to, while insomniacs will find in this the perfect cure for their sleeping disorder.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Procession of Gods and Tyrants
2. Eternal, and Yours
3. The First Temptation
4. Tired One
5. Gdzie Nie Ma Drzew*

5. Where There Are No Trees

Duration : Approx. 56 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
Thermal Mass
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