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Review: Funeral Circle - Funeral Circle
Funeral Circle
Funeral Circle

Label: Shadow Kingdom Records
Year released: 2013
Duration: 50:42
Tracks: 7
Genre: Doom Metal


Review online: January 20, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3.9/5 (78%) (10 Votes)

After a couple of demos, an EP and a split, Canada's Funeral Circle get their debut full-length out to the masses via Shadow Kingdom Records. Funeral Circle is right out of the Candlemass/Solitude Aeturnus school of Doom Metal with slow, yet not dirge-like, tempos, reverb-laden riffs and clean vocals that sound a bit out of the ordinary. Jeremy Hannigan's singing voice is a strong baritone and he doesn't sound like too many other vocalists, giving Funeral Circle's music the kind of uniqueness that struck me about Candlemass the first time I heard Messiah Marcolin. Hannigan is, of course, no Messiah and, not that he's bad or anything, but the way he sings his lines (or the way they were written) is a bit clunky and the songs sometimes don't flow very well, especially when there are harmony vocals ("Amaranthine" would be a good example). Where Funeral Circle shines is the guitar work, especially the solos of Pilgrim. This guy knows his way around a fret board and, more importantly, how to marry a quick, dazzling lead to a Doom-paced song. They are true highlights. I also enjoyed Funeral Circle's lyrics which, when you hear words like "necromancer," "stygian" and "sorcery," you can be sure are plenty weird and arcane. This is no better displayed than on Funeral Circle's best track, "Black Colossus," where the band breaks out their Manilla Road worship and mixes that into their traditional Doom approach to come up with a real epic track. The rest of Funeral Circle's songwriting is a bit stiff and predictable which prevents the album from really grabbing you, but it is still a real nice effort and will keep me looking forward to their next album. Oh, and it doesn't hurt their prospects that, according to the band's Facebook page, Hannigan has been replaced by former Solstice singer Adrian Miles, either.

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