BLACK FUNERAL

Black Metal / Non-Metal • United States
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Black Funeral was founded in 1993 by Akhtya Nachttoter with the aim of creating cold, haunting black metal with themes of vampirism (based on Nachttoters practice in The Black Order of the Dragon), Luciferianism, Satanism and the Left Hand Path ritual practice in general. The band recorded several demos and soon issued their debut in 1996, "Vampyr Throne of the Beast".

Black Funeral was originally a seminal black metal band in the early 1990's. Formed by Michael Ford, the band quickly became known for their cold and raw productions, aggressive attitude and focus on vampirism. Releasing several albums, Black Funeral became silent when founder Michael Ford (known then as Nachttoter) went on to form Valefor and released dark industrial albums through the late 90's and, starting from 2002, started a new band named Psychonaut 75, a new design of so-called "Satanic Darkwave", Ritualistic and Industrial Musick.

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WATERS OF WEEPINGWATERS OF WEEPING
Season of Mist 2012
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Black Funeral Ankou And The Death Fire (Jewel Case Cd)Black Funeral Ankou And The Death Fire (Jewel Case Cd)
Dark Adversary
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Black Funeral Choronzon Blood Rite (Cd)Black Funeral Choronzon Blood Rite (Cd)
Dark Adversary
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Black Funeral The Dust And Darkness (Mcd)Black Funeral The Dust And Darkness (Mcd)
Iron Bonehead
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The Dust And Darkness (12The Dust And Darkness (12" Gatefold LP)
Iron Bonehead
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Az I DahakAz I Dahak
Behemoth Prod. Nl 2007
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Belial ArisenBelial Arisen
Behemoth Prod. Nl 2003
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Empire of BloodEmpire of Blood
Full Moon Productions 1998
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BLACK FUNERAL Vampyr: Throne of the Beast album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vampyr: Throne of the Beast
Black Metal 1995
BLACK FUNERAL Empire of Blood album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Empire of Blood
Black Metal 1997
BLACK FUNERAL Moon of Characith album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Moon of Characith
Non-Metal 1998
BLACK FUNERAL Belial Arisen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Belial Arisen
Black Metal 2002
BLACK FUNERAL Az-i-Dahak album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Az-i-Dahak
Black Metal 2004
BLACK FUNERAL Ordog album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ordog
Black Metal 2005
BLACK FUNERAL Waters of Weeping album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Waters of Weeping
Black Metal 2007
BLACK FUNERAL Vukolak album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vukolak
Black Metal 2010
BLACK FUNERAL Ankou and the Death Fire album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ankou and the Death Fire
Black Metal 2016

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BLACK FUNERAL Of Spells of Darkness and Death album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Of Spells of Darkness and Death
Black Metal 1995

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BLACK FUNERAL Az-i-Dahak

Album · 2004 · Black Metal
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Black Funeral never interested me, but after seeing the possibility to get this CD for free, I thought I could give it a go. Az-i-Dahak is Black Funeral’s fifth full-length, and the band (fronted by Michael Ford also known for his occult literature) has been active since 1993, so it was about time to get acquainted with the band.

Az-i-Dahak carries a strong concept, which is not a surprise from a writer. Basically the album is about Persian Sorcery and Black Magic, as the booklet says. It is always nice to see black metal albums with more meaningful lyrics. Musically, Az-i-Dahak is really strange. Vocals and the overall black and white aesthetics are probably the only things that make this album go under the category black metal. Az-i-Dahak is more industrial music to my ears than even metal: programmed drums, weird effects, and a guitar sound that doesn’t really even sound like a guitar. So don’t expect any basic power chord riffs here. It certainly is a sort of accomplishment to get a guitar sound like some different instrument.

I am not sure could I endure this kind of weirdness for a long time, but luckily the album is only 33 minutes long, which is a good time for an album like Az-i-Dahak. I’m all for experimental music, but sometimes the cheap drum machine sounds even a bit humorous. On the other hand, Az-i-Dahak is nothing bad, actually the music is really interesting and the whole concept is fresh. The haunting instrumental title track ”Az-i-Dahak (Awake)” and also ”Astovihad” belong to the highlights of the album, and why not also the texturally rich outro ”The Fallen Arise”.

So, all in all this is a decent record. Fans of industrial-influenced black metal could get more out of this, perhaps fans of Blut Aus Nord? Az-i-Dahak wasn’t a bad obtaining, and I need to check out more of this band’s albums later. Apparently there is a new full-length coming in 2010 so that will be a definite checkup.

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