Funeral Doom Metal

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Funeral doom is a sub-genre of doom metal which has many of the hallmarks of more traditional doom, e.g. low tuned guitar work creating an extremely heavy sound and slow tempos. The tempos in funeral doom are generally even slower and often likened to and give the impression of a funeral dirge. It contains death doom elements and often shares the growl style vocal work of that sub-genre as well as cleaner mournful vocals. The use of keyboards is common, generally used to create atmospheric ambient passages. Bands such as Sketicism, Thergothon, Esoteric and Evoken are considered pioneers of the genre in the early nineties.

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ESOTERIC The Pernicious Enigma Album Cover The Pernicious Enigma
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ESOTERIC Subconscious Dissolution Into The Continuum Album Cover Subconscious Dissolution Into The Continuum
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ESOTERIC Epistemological Despondency Album Cover Epistemological Despondency
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ASUNDER A Clarion Call

Album · 2004 · Funeral Doom Metal
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Funeral doom and death-doom are two subgenres which share a lot of DNA - both have included harsh vocals from time to time, for instance, and both are build on chunky, slow riffs. Asunder for the most part take the funeral doom metal approach, offering us a selection of epic compositions whose riffs glide over you like glaciers, but also seems happy to borrow influences from the world of death-doom. For instance, Alex Bale-Glickman's cello is an interesting addition to the ensemble deployed in a manner which reminds me of early My Dying Bride's use of violin. A solid and interesting release which scratches my funeral doom itch, this debut album tantalises with its hints at hybridising these two child genres without quite going all the way.

SKEPTICISM Stormcrowfleet

Album · 1995 · Funeral Doom Metal
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Doom Metal is a slow and dark genre to begin with, having its start all those years back in 1970 with Black Sabbath's self-titled song from their debut. Sometime in the 90's, however, a handful of bands wanted to go even slower. Adding ambient atmospheric passages to this slow and brooding delivery, bands like Esoteric and Skepticism became known as Funeral Doom.

Skepticism came onto the scene in 1995 with their debut Stormcrowfleet, whose text-less album cover doesn't explain much. The only thing you can really gather from it, is that this is an album shrouded in mystery and darkness. Presented in lo-fi drone, are massive vibrating guitar riffs and lumbering drums. All brought together with low, deep, unintelligible and gravely growls and somber organ and keyboards that are dripping with lugubriousness.

Much of the album strikes up images of a war march, or even old school sci-fi and horror films with the eerie atmosphere. "Pouring" plods along like an army feeling defeated, yet still going out to the desolate battlefield. Meanwhile, "The Rising of the Flames" sounds like a lonely and perilous journey across the ocean, or perhaps in this case, the river styx. Back to the old school sci-fi/horror imagery, I think the final two songs showcase this best, with their majestic yet ominous keyboard use. Sync those keyboards up with a classic sci-fi or horror film from the 50's-80's, and it would really not sound out of place.

Stormcrowfleet is one of the best funeral doom metal albums you'll find, and really puts the "doom" in doom metal. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

CATACOMBS In the Depths of R'Lyeh

Album · 2006 · Funeral Doom Metal
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"Catacombs" is, when you think about it, a pretty apt name for Xathagorra Mlandroth's one-man doom metal project, since the production style of this one really does give the impression that this music is rising up from the shadows of a dark, damp cave (in a good way, not in a botched production sort of way). The production work on this release is pretty impressive, but it doesn't quite hide the shortcomings of the songwriting. Yes, admittedly this is doom metal in a funeral doom sort of vein, which consequently does involve more than a bit of gloomy repetition, but there's a knack to making repetition seem hypnotic and evocative rather than dull and, well, repetitive, and that knack unfortunately tends to elude Catacombs here.

SKEPTICISM Lead and Aether

Album · 1998 · Funeral Doom Metal
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Skepticism's debut was such a strong funeral doom album that they could have persisted in a purist funeral doom style forever, which is why I kind of respect them for getting a bit experimental with their influences on Lead & Aether, even if I find the results a bit middling. With shorter compositions in general (by funeral doom standards), the band take the time to work in a range of additional styles (including a bit of world music) to add additional accents to their funeral doom foundation. However, the album seems to lose my interest a little more easily than the debut does, and in particular the mixing of the vocals makes them feel weak and overwhelmed and not in a good way.

AHAB The Oath

EP · 2007 · Funeral Doom Metal
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"The Oath" is an EP release by German doom metal act Ahab. The EP was originally self-released in 2004 on CDr format and later through Deviant Records in January 2007. The latter release is limited to 150 handnumbered 12" vinyls. So "The Oath" is basically a demo that has later been reissued as an EP.

There´s not much demo quality about this release though. It´s professionally recorded and while it´s not polished it features a suiting gloomy atmospheric production to go along with the band´s brand of ultra heavy and atmospheric funeral doom. The sound production suits the music and visa versa. The music features very heavy beats, heavy riffing (pretty intricate at times and often using harmonies), atmosperic keyboards, and deep unintelligible growling vocals (and occasionally chanting clean vocals). The tracks are cleverly composed, which is where the band really excel. They are also skilled musicians, but if the material aren´t well written, that´s usually of little use. "The Oath" features four tracks and a full playing time of 35:22 minutes. "The Hunt" and "Ahab´s Oath" would, in re-recorded versions, make it unto Ahab´s debut full-length studio album "The Call Of The Wretched Sea (2006)", while "The Stream" and the short outro track are both exclusive to this release.

"The Oath" is what I´d call a very promising first release by Ahab. A release where their fascination with Moby-Dick (the 1851 novel by Herman Melville) and the ocean in general are initiated along with their brand of atmosperic funeral doom metal. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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