Ataraxie are a band from France that plays funeral doom/death metal and this is a review of their 2005 album "Slow Transcending Agony" which was re-issued in 2015 by Weird Truth productions as a 10th anniversary special.
Classical guitars start off the album along with some background noises and after a minute the music starts going into more of a heavy and melodic doom metal direction and a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length and on the second track death metal growls start becoming a huge part of the album.
When high pitched screams are utilized they almost give the music a depressive black metal feeling and there are also some parts where the music speeds up and brings in a small amount of blast beats while the guitar leads when they are utilized are very dark and melodic sounding and all of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and acoustic guitars also make their return in certain sections of the recording while later songs also bring in a small amount of whispers and spoken word parts and they also close the album with a cover of Disembowelment's "The Tree of Life And Death".
Ataraxie plays a style of funeral doom metal that goes back to the early days of the genre and also mixes in a touch of the early 90's doom/death sound and a slight black metal influence to create some very heavy and depressive sounding music, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover despair, torture and suffering themes.
In my opinion Ataraxie are a very great sounding funeral doom/death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Funeral Hymn" and "Another Day of Despondency". 8 out of 10.