Un – The Tomb of All Things (2015)

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Author: Bloodshot Grub

Artist: Un

Album: The Tomb of All Things

Label: Black Bow Records

 

I’m glad that funeral doom hasn’t yet reached the same level of prolificity as, say, atmospheric black metal. Even more so than 2015’s most abundant genre, funeral doom requires the right moods, the right atmosphere, and plenty of time to listen to the lengthy songs and absorb the weight and despair. The year now gone has given us some enjoyable funeral doom releases: Bell Witch, Ahab (though they’re a little less purely funereal anymore), Shape of Despair, Tyranny. Plenty to enjoy, but there’s still room in the 2015 roster for more. Continue reading

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Lycus – Chasms (2016)

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Author: Crono

Artist: Lycus

Album: Chasms

Label: Relapse Records

 

 

Fans of funeral doom rejoice! Lycus is back to grace us with another epic chapter in their Book of Doom. For those that do not know, Lycus is a Californian funeral doom band with only one previous LP, although they ramped up with a couple of demos. However, their lack of history should not discourage you, because Tempest was hailed as one of the ultimate funeral doom albums of 2013 and caught the attention of many considering it was a debut. Three years later and the next album has finally dropped, reserved for the beginning of 2016 rather than late 2015. Continue reading

Skepticism – Ordeal (2015)

Author: Bloodshot Grub

Artist: Skepticism

Album: Ordeal

Label: Svart Records

Skepticism, one of the founding funeral doom metal bands, has taken an unexpected approach in recording their fifth full-length album, Ordeal. This isn’t a live album in the traditional sense, because, excepting the last two tracks (“Pouring” from Stormcrowfleet and “The March and the Stream” from Lead and Aether), the material has never appeared before on a recording. It was, however, recorded live before an audience in a concert venue. According to interviews, this was done to capture what they felt was an ineffable magic and energy present at their live shows. It’s an interesting idea, and I’m convinced it has the potential to capture a band’s music in a raw and authentic but also very effective way. That’s certainly the case with more traditional live albums, where the nuanced audio control possible in a studio environment is sacrificed in favor of pure live energy. Perhaps, then, this album would be best taken as a case study in how not to approach a live recording. Continue reading

Tyranny – Aeons in Tectonic Interment (2015)

Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Tyranny

Album: Aeons in Tectonic Interment

Label: Dark Descent Records

Funeral doom metal is a challenging beast to tame. Too often the slow, lumbering passages can wander aimlessly and leave the listener wondering where its gargantuan form is going, and with track after track of homogenous tones and paces, we can’t help but wonder when and if it will eventually lay its monstrous form down. Continue reading

Shape Of Despair – Monotony Fields (2015)

Artist: Shape of Despair

Album: Monotony Fields

Label: Season of Mist

Reviewer: Bloodshot Grub

Shape of Despair is, along with Skepticism, one of the bands that introduced me to funeral doom. They’ve remained one of my favorites, and as there’s very little variation in both quality and style within their prior three albums, and as they’ve released almost no new music in the ten years that I’ve been listening to them, I’ve come to see them as being not only consistent but actually static. Whenever grey skies roll in and I find myself in the mood for some lush, melancholy funeral doom, I select from their albums and songs almost at random, and the experience is largely the same regardless of what I land on. A consistently rich experience, but always predictable. Continue reading