Funeral - _Tragedies_
(Arctic Serenades, 1996)
by: Pedro Azevedo (6 out of 10)
Hmm. Give or take 3 points to that score, depending on whether you think you'll like the slowest album I've ever heard or not. This really is a test as to how much one really likes extreme doom. I mean, this is the most extreme doom album I ever heard. In fact, it's so extreme it suffers from it. This is the debut album for this Norwegian band which features extremely slow (believe me, extremely slow) doom/death. They have a female singer, Torill Snyen, who's able to deliver some damn good femme vox. She left the band after this recording, though. Her vocals alternate with a powerful death grunter, causing an interesting effect. The problem with Funeral is that they wanted so much to make a slow album that they overdid it. The album's just too slow, some of the melodies are even ruined because of that. I personally find some pretty interesting parts on this 5-track, 60-minute album (not that long songs are a bad thing, on the contrary), but it's too slow and monotonous for me. They're promising a lot for their next album, though. It's been recorded in Academy Studios (used by bands such as My Dying Bride, Anathema, Cradle of Filth and Paradise Lost) this year and produced by the well-known Mags. They're now going to record the female vocals, since they only found a new female vocalist recently. The album's supposed to be a lot better and not as slow as before. Let's see if they can deliver all they're promising.

(article published 4/2/1997)

1/15/2012 C Drishner 8.5 Funeral - To Mourn Is a Virtue
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