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Funeralium - Funeralium
As you can conclude from its name, this is not a happy rock band. Funeralium is a French band that, according to the bio, creates ultra sick doom metal. Extreme is what they aim at, so let’s see if they can shock a freak like me.
 
Not really to be honest. I hear a slightly mediocre doom band that saves itself from obscurity by applying quite some variety in their songs. From depressing melancholic passages, to drone-like soundscapes in the vein of Sunn 0))). But with drums of course. Also I hear quite some resemblances with Earth, when the distortion is taken off and slow melodies and beats are played I just cannot help but think of the later work from Earth. Huge compliment for them, I might say.
 
The thing that annoys me a bit while listening to this album is the vocal department. Haunted high screams (but not in the standard ‘metal’way) that sound like total panic and agony are the main way of conveying the lyrics, while the occasional grunt makes sure this doesn’t get too annoying. Fact is that this album lasts for over an hour, so it is quite a task to listen to these vocals the entire time.
 
Overall I think this is a reasonable band for the genre. Nothing that will turn the doom metal world upside down, but a nice depressing release that will please fans of stuff like Bethlehem (their main source of inspiration), Abruptum, Saint Vitus and Burning Witch.
Funeralium - Funeralium
70/1001Details Total Rust Music
Released on Tuesday Jul 10th, 2007
Doom Metal

Writer @DemonDust on Wednesday Sep 19th, 2007

Tags: #Funeralium
Tracklisting 1. First Symptoms
2. Transcendence N°26
3. Funeralium
4. Light Crisis
5. Let People Die
6. Nearly The End
Line up Marquis - vocals, guitar
Berserk - guitar
Toxine - bass
Ys - drums