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Lazarus Blackstar - Funeral Voyeur

What we have here is a record that almost didnít see the light of day. During the recording process of Blackstar" title="Search for Lazarus Blackstar">Lazarus Blackstar's second album Funeral Voyeur, vocalist Paul Catten underwent surgery where he suffered an allergic reaction from an anaesthetic, causing him to slip into a coma. Luckily he recovered and made it to sing the rest of the album which lies before me now. Quite a story, letís check out the music.

Lazarus Blackstar is a slow and heavy metal band, most likely fitting to terms like sludgecore and doom metal, stuff I really like. Overall the band possesses a very nice and heavy groove which they maintain from start to finish of Funeral Voyeur. So nothing bad for the music.
 
But as we come to the vocals, I do have some issues. Itís awesome for the guy that he survived a coma, but the panicking screamy vocals really get on my nerves, like halfway through the album already. Theyíre pretty high and quite monotonous, while the music offers enough room for some heavier and more brutal sounds. There are some nice parts from him here and there, but in the end this guy just doesnít cut it for me.
 
A bit of a shame, this vocal issue, because I really like the music. Fans of heavy sludge-doom should check this out though; itís definitely worth the effort of listening to it at least once.
Lazarus Blackstar - Funeral Voyeur
72/1001Details Undergroove Records
Released on Thursday Nov 29th, 2007
Sludge-Doom Metal

Writer @DemonDust on Monday Dec 17th, 2007

Tags: #Lazarus Blackstar
Tracklisting 1. Funeral Voyeur
2. I'm Not Paranoid (I Know That They Hate Me)
3. Make Believe Master
4. Revelations III: Conclusion (The Dead Now Walk The Earth)
5. The Day The Circus Came
6. Loneliness
7. Final Restraining Order
Line up Leecifur - Guitar
Izak Gloom - Guitar
Bri Doom - Bass
Gordoom Willkillsomeone - Drums
Paul Catten - Vocals