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Album · 1991

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1. Waiting for the Arrival (4:59)
2. Sinner's Eve (2:37)
3. Blood on White (4:46)
4. Shiver (4:28)
5. Congenital Defeat (3:49)
6. Walls That Held Screams (5:00)
7. Spirits Bewail (1:05)
8. Slumber End (4:38)
9. Redeemed From Time (3:19)
10. Grip of Insanity (3:43)

Total Time: 38:24


- Erkki Hellen / Bass
- Toni Uusitalo / Drums
- Sami Uusitalo / Guitars
- Esa Vähäsöyrinki / Guitars
- Jari Heinonen / Vocals

About this release

Spinefarm Records, 1991

Music by Funebre 1990-91.
Produced by Funebre & Timo Tolkki.
Recorded & Mixed At TTT Music Studio, Helsinki June/July'91.

Repressed on CD in 2004 with new cover art by Xtreem Music with both demos as bonus. The original cover picture is on the flipside of the booklet.

Repressed on CD and LP in 2011 by Xtreem Music with a new cover art and both demos as a bonus. The original cover picture is on the flipside of the booklet. LP version includes brown vinyl, expanded booklet with exclusive interview and a free patch, available only through Xtreem Music mailorder

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"Children of the Scorn" is the debut full-length studio album by Finnish death metal act Funebre. The album was released through Spinefarm Records in 1991 and is on an interesting sidenote produced by Timo Tolkki (later of Stratovarius fame). Funebre were formed in 1988 and released two demos before releasing the "Brainspoon" EP in 1990. The band were relatively short lived and after releasing "Children of the Scorn" they disbanded. Although never commercially successful or reaching other than obscure underground recognition, Funebre are widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the Finnish death metal scene along with artists like Abhorrence and Convulse.

Stylistically the material on "Children of the Scorn" continue the old school death metal style of the 1990 "Brainspoon" EP, but while the EP was a relatively amaturish release, Funebre have stepped up on "Children of the Scorn" and deliver a good quality performance. The playing is solid, The sound production is suitably raw and organic (the guitars feature a slightly unpleasant distorted tone, but other than that the sound production suits the music well), and the songwriting is for the most part inspired and intriguing. Funebre don´t have the most unique sound, but they deliver their music with both passion and great conviction.

While this isn´t exactly doom/death, one of the greatest features of the music are the many crushingly heavy doomy parts. Funebre understand how to vary pace though and also put in a couple of hooks along the way, so for an old school death metal release, "Children of the Scorn" is relatively varied. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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Xtreem Music continues their reissue series with yet another old school death metal record, Finland's Funebre's debut (and only) full length album, Children of the Scorn. Along with bands like Abhorrence, Funebre stands as one of the first death metal bands that come out of Finland, making them one of the pioneering bands of the genre out of the country. This reissue version of Children of the Scorn is my first encounter with Funebre's music, and it has certainly left a lasting impression.

The old school and unpolished production quality immediately hits the listeners as the album begins with Waiting for the Arrival, and unlike the many bands that attempt to emulate such a production, Funebre has the advantage of recording this back in the early 90s, making this piece of artwork as authentic as possible. True to attempts to create music as extreme and as hard-hitting as possible, the band does not hesitate to go straight into an aggressive section, lambasting listeners' ears right from the start as Waiting for the Arrival begins before gradually slowing down to a slightly doom-paced section, yet retaining the ferocity in the music throughout. The guitar tones of Sami and Esa are abrasive and heavily distorted, with no intention to provide any easy-listening moments for listeners. Drummer Toni is also flashy, displaying his moves throughout the album, instead of simply playing the role of the rhythmic instrument, topped by the gruff growls of Jari. Even bassist Erkki is clearly audible, especially on songs like Blood on White where he provides the low, rumbling presence in the music.

While the tracks on Children of the Scorn are undoubtedly old school death metal, the band has also included influences from other genres as well, including thrash metal influences in their music, like on Shiver and Walls that Held Screams, with the chaotic sounding guitar riffs and lead solos. The band also makes use of various sound effects (such as the tolling of the bells on Waiting for the Arrival) to create a chilling sense of unease in the listener, to good effect. Of course, this being the late 80s-early 90s, the focus on fast and furious guitar work is obvious as guitarists Sami and Esa constantly include shred-infused guitar solos throughout, complete with the somewhat flamboyant play on the whammy bar, like on Sinner's Eve. Songs like Grip of Insanity even sounds like the early beginnings of the Swedish style of death metal with the riffing and drumming patterns.

Also, it is nice to hear how on this record, the band has managed to help lay down the foundations of what bands like Incantation would sound like in the future, being originally released a year before the classic Onward to Golgotha, with tracks like Blood on White sounding like a less dark version of Incantation materials. The band also does not shy away from using keyboards to shroud the music in a heavy atmosphere, as heard on Blood on White and Congenital Defeat. The numerous slow moments on the album also sees Funebre displaying some of their most emotional material, especially on the interlude Spirits Bewail, with the acoustic guitars and a somewhat symphonic backdrop.

Included on the Xtreem Music reissue of the album as well are the band's 1989 and 1990 demos, displaying the growth and evolution in the band's musical directions, though markedly rawer and muddier than the material on Children of the Scorn. The music on the demos are overall slower, and the production quality of the demos help to make these tracks sound even darker than those on Children of the Scorn. Even tracks like Grip of Insanity (present both on the 1990 demo and Children of the Scorn) sound heavier and hits the listeners harder. Jari's vocals are more throaty and gurgled on the demos, and tend to lean more towards a brutal death metal style, giving the songs a different and more brutal feel.

Overall, this reissue is a worthy purchase for fans of good, early death metal, and fans of Finnish death metal that want to track the progress of Funebre as a band, with more than 1 hour of music present on the album.

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