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Review: Funeral Throne - Nihil Sine Diabolvs
Funeral Throne
Nihil Sine Diabolvs

Label: Satanas Rex
Year released: 2008
Duration: 48:43
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: August 15, 2008
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
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Rated 3.83/5 (76.67%) (6 Votes)

Being only the 2nd release from underground Black Metal label Satanas Rex (the first being the fairly decent Jotunspor), Wolverhampton based Funeral Throne are a very different beast to what I was expecting upon seeing their unoriginal band name, and reading that they'd just supported Cradle of Filth.

Nihil Sine Diabolus contains truly excellent Black Metal, encapsulating a doomy bleakness that the bands on the Norma Evangelium Diaboli or Total Holocaust labels would be proud of. Their brand of ravishing grimness is blacker than tar, sending poseurs running for cover with each shimmering wave of distorted guitar and crashing wave of drum work. At times reminiscent of newer Marduk material, Funeral Throne also have touches of Funeral Mist and Watain interspersed into their mix, adding to their kvlt edge. I'd have been interested to see how the Cradle of Filth crowd would've reacted to this music live, but in my own little vision there would've been many imploding heads and seizures abound.

The album frequently nods to the classic Scandinavian style of Black Metal, whilst hoisting in a large dose of the more recent French filth reminiscent of Antaeus or earlier Arkhon Infaustus, giving to rise the feeling of the darkest, slimiest shit to be dredged from Satan's very own drain.

All in all, this is some of the best Black Metal to have risen from our very own shores that I've encountered, and the time spent seeking out this album will undoubtedly be worthwhile from the very moment the black miasma of their music first hits your eardrums. Exceptional Black Metal art.

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