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Review: Funeral Oppression - The Prisoners of Life
Funeral Oppression
The Prisoners of Life

Label: More Hate Productions
Year released: 2015
Duration: 47:14
Tracks: 5
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: November 19, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (8 Votes)

For the last 10+ years, the Russian underground scene has taken huge leaps forward, producing a great number of bands that truly reek of all kinds of quality elements. Funeral Oppression is definitely one of those more talented Russian extreme Metal acts.

The duo that forms Funeral Oppression, Ravenblack (on all instruments) and Void (vocals), have done really careful and masterful work on this lengthy five-track album, titled The Prisoners of Life, by capturing several types of moods of depressive, melancholic, dark and beautiful Black Metal art. The whole album bathes in all of these elements very convincingly, managing to surprise its listeners more than just once or twice. Void's different vocal styles – from the dramatic and tormenting, desperate screams, to howling cries, have a nice mood-setting effect on the songs, truly spicing up the whole listening experience with his artful and amazing vocal range. Without ignoring Ravenblack's skills as a composer, it must be said he has done an amazing job in every department, making Funeral Oppression sound like a full band effort, which also should clearly show his sheer determination and dedication towards this project. The album is like a great, dreadful journey into the depths of crushing, all-swallowing darkness, from where there's no return.

I will definitely keep my eyes out for any future endeavors of this very promising Russian duo, based on the excellent grand opening they were able to perform on The Prisoners of Life.

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