FUNERAL - As The Light Does The Shadow

Funeral - As The Light Does The Shadow

10 songs
71:59 minutes
***** ****
Indie

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Funeral have a band name that instantly reveals what to expect. This doesn’t have to mean anything negative under the circumstances, as the Norwegians can count themselves among the instigators of funeral doom music, and are to this day still one of the most respected bands in that genre. Their last album From The Wounds sold 8.000 copies worldwide.

Their fourth release As The Light Does The Shadow manages from the start to entrance the listener with heavy set melancholy. As the songs seem to flow into one another, there are hardly any noticeable mood changes. It’s nearly incredible to describe their sound. The CD feels like one big atmospheric entity filled with amazing ambiances. Funeral spoil us with string arrangements, church organs, monk chants and orchestral parts that give you goose bumps. Funeral are perfectionists, and hard to compare to any other band, although there are a few similarities with early My Dying Bride. In The Fathoms Of Wit And Reason reminded me of Solitude Aeturnus, which is all the more fitting as their vocalist Rob Lowe is guesting on this track. A few unusual a cappella parts create special atmospheres, not unlike Peter Hammill on his opera The Fall Of The House Of Usher.

Even though Funeral call themselves the most depressing band in the world, it’s still fun to listen to their music, provided you’re into slo-mo metal. Funeral have delivered an absolutely convincing album that is unparalleled in their genre. They still remain the kings of funeral doom and will probably not be dethroned for many years to come.

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