Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Funeral/from these wounds/Candlelight U.S.A/2007 CD Review

Funeral are a band from Norway that plays a melodic form of funeral doom metal which is a style they helped created and this is a review of their 2007 album "from these wounds" which was released by Candlelight U.S.A in 2007.

Drums are mostly slow beats on this album with no fast playing or blast beats while the keyboards are very depressing sounding with a powerful melody that gives the music a dark romantic feel, as for the electronics they have a very dark sound with an avant garde edge.

Bass playing is all slow playing that follows the riffs that are coming out of the guitars, while the rythym guitars are very slow and melodic while the guitar leads are somewhat noisy with a doomy melodic feel that has some power doom metal influences.

Vocals oon this album are all clean singing with no growls which are presented on their early albums, while the female vocals have a very esoteric/new age feel to them, as for the lyrics they are very poetic, dark and depressing.

Production on this album which was recorded, mixed and mastered by Kjetil Otterson at Vektor Facilities during November of 2004 in Norway sounds very professional and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this album, as for the cover of the c.d it is a rope tied in half with a dark brown background.

In my opinion this is a good album that would appeal to open minded fans of the genre that have listened to the early gothic/doom bands of the 90's and like the progression between every album those classic bands put out in that era, fans of heavier more death/doom style bands might be disapointed with this album and should probably stick with their early material.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "This Barren Skin" "the Architecture OF Loss" and "Pendulum". RECOMMENDED BUY

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