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Review: Funeral Fog - Under the Black Veil
Funeral Fog
Under the Black Veil

Label: Independent
Year released: 2003
Duration: 38:45
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: March 31, 2003
Reviewed by: Scott Murray
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Under the Black Veil

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Hailing from Eastern Canada, Funeral Fog is an underground black metal band in the truest sense of the word, but for their namesake I can see them being ultimately tagged off as a Mayhem cover band. But there is a big difference between being influenced by something and just flat out copying it.

This two-man studio project is cold, dark and hateful. Under the Black Veil draws upon the grim sounds of the essential pioneers of what is considered troo black metal, such as Darkthrone and Immortal. The song titles (and band name of course) don’t try to hide the fact that members Krall and Nokturnis aren’t just using this album tonly to spread the Funeral Fog sound like a deadly plague, but to pay their ultimate respects to the musicians that have held so much sway over their lives as artists.

A nice quirk is the rare presence of decipherable vocals, wow! I think this adds a nice dimension to the band’s work. Hearing the repeated chants of "rise from the abyss. From this immortal summonings, I call upon you…" on Immortal Summonings makes the song turn out totally fucking evil.

As much as I enjoy the album, I can’t say that this original by any means, but still a solid black metal release. The all too familiar whirlwind guitar shredding, stiff machine-based drumming (I can’t believe they couldn’t find a drummer for this!), and a fairly restrained vocal performance from Nokturnis, who’s a dead ringer for Satyr back in the day. The pacing never kicks into full-throttle, but establishes a thick tension in the surrounding atmosphere. Aside from what sounds like a bit of a production boo-boo at the end of Graveland, in which the song cuts out abruptly leaving five seconds of dead air, Under the Black Veil sounds great, thankfully refraining from a garage recording attempt at kvltness.

To me, this is a good tribute album done by two dedicated black metal-ites that show great potential for the future. Next time around, I would love to see Funeral Fog step out from behind the massive shadow it has positioned itself behind and become its own band.


Track Listing:
  1. Forest of Shadows
  2. Transylvanian Bloodlust
  3. Immortal Summonings
  4. Graveland
  5. Under the Black Veil
  6. Order of the Dragon
  7. Funeral Rites…
Other related information on the site
Interview with Krall on April 18, 2003 (Interviewed by Scott Murray)
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