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Until Death Overtakes Me : Interludium I: Funeral Path

This release is the first in the Interludium series by Nulll Records, which will feature different "interludes" by projects from the label. On this one, we find two alternative versions of songs that (will) appear on other releases.

The first one is the 50-minute long ambient version of the song 'Funeral Dance', which will appear on the upcoming full-length album 'Symphony III - Monolith'. That version has also been spread as an MP3, so be sure to check out the official download sites. On this song the brilliant theme is spread out over the full 50 minutes, appearing and disappearing in several different forms. Throughout the song's length, the sound is warm, hypnotising and actually quite pleasant, in the sense that your last dying moments might also be pleasant. Where the "metal" version of 'Funeral Dance' is as crushing as it gets with UDOM. (think of 'Slip Away' and you know what I mean), this extended ambient version is about as soothing as it gets. Don't fool yourself though, this isn't happy fairy land, and the results are always grim in the realms of Doom. Whether it be soothing or crushing, it still is death we're talking about. 'Funeral Dance' sets you a fair bit ahead on the 'Funeral Path', although it might be one of the calmest journeys you can think of.

After almost an hour is through, we are treated to the full version of the cover of 'Chopin's 'Marche Funèbre', the short version of which appeared on 'Prelude to Monolith'. The only difference is the middle part of about 12 minutes which didn't make it to the last album. This addition surely makes the song more complete, and I prefer it over the short version. This song remains what it was, a classic of timeless funeral music, only now in a modern guise.

The only thing I would have done different is to change the track order. Personally, I'd start off with the slightly "heavier" funeral march and end it with the ethereal 'Funeral Dance'. I just feel that the ending of that song should also be the ending of the whole experience that is represented here.

Altogether this is the most ambient release UDOM. has ever done, and it might scare off those who prefer the metal approach. For those who who like the way Stijn van Cauter mixes Funeral Doom and Ambient, however, this is a must have release. It definately shows the project from one of it's more extreme sides, and that is a good thing for an "interlude" release like this. It should be seen as an addition to the main corpus, not an essential release for those who would like to get to know Until Death Overtakes Me better. I must say that the DVD-box release looks very good, and I'd definately recommend buying that version for only a little more.

So, if you think you can handle "musically dying" in over 70 minutes, this is your chance.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Funeral Dance
2. Marche Funèbre

Duration : Approx. 72 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
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