|Review: My Funeral - Violence Academy|
Year released: 2015
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: May 3, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
Honest Thrash Metal is great for melting your brain so enter Finland's My Funeral, turn the volume to the max and let the violent Thrash Metal roar from the speakers.
Violence Academy is the title of their third album and the title seems to capture the band's violent approach to the songs. I cannot help but mention Slayer's name here and the influence of both South of Heaven and Seasons in the Abyss is an integral part of the Violence Academy. Simply listen to all the sinister melodies and ear-piercing riffs that are done in true Slayer fashion and you'll know that if someone says something else, he/she is lying.
Musically My Funeral is miles beyond their previous album, Thrash Destruction. They have found their own style no doubt as a result of hard work. The vocals of Ilkka Sepponen are something that still needs improvement in order to fit into the band's otherwise punishing Thrash style. At their worst they remind me of Janne Joutsenniemi's (from Finnish Speed Metal legends Stone) too much, and that isn't meant as a compliment. Take "Speed of Death" for example, which is enjoyable but those Janne-like vocals pretty much ruin it for me. Oh damn...
Fortunately there are many more pleasing and rewarding moments on Violence Academy than the kind that make you to raise your hand as a sign of tediousness and/or pure complaint. My Funeral has proved they know how to Thrash. Get this and prepare to be positively surprised.
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