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Review: Funeral - To Mourn is a Virtue
To Mourn is a Virtue

Label: Solitude Productions
Year released: 2011
Duration: 69:05
Tracks: 9
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: September 1, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
To Mourn is a Virtue

Rated 3/5 (60%) (7 Votes)

I loved this band's 2006 epic From These Wounds, however I found their follow-up As The Light Does The Shadow to be underwhelming, and I had hopes for this one. Sadly, this is not really a sequel to Funeral's recent works, but rather a retreading of old ideas. The songs on To Mourn is a Virtue were all written and recorded between 1996 and 2004 - B-sides and extra tracks remastered and slapped together to make a "new" album.

Not surprisingly, this is uneven, with the songwriting a bit lumpy and lacking cohesion. As usual with Funeral, the ruffs are sometimes brilliant, while the vocals are all over the place and the compositions are overwrought and lacking in build or tension. There is just no rhyme or reason to the way these songs are assembled, and they start, noodle along, and then just stop. The album does create a definite and haunting mood, and this alone justifies a lot of it. A decent disc, and sometimes affecting, but far from brilliant.

Other related information on the site
Review: As the Light Does the Shadow (reviewed by Brett Buckle)
Review: From These Wounds (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
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