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Review: Sinister Downfall - A Dark Shining Light
Sinister Downfall
A Dark Shining Light

Label: Funere
Year released: 2020
Duration: 51:01
Tracks: 5
Genre: Funeral Doom

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: August 31, 2020
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
A Dark Shining Light

Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

Funeral Doom is one of the more extreme and obscure subgenres in Metal, and because of that it's pretty hard to do properly. Sinister Downfall proved that sole member Eugen Kohl (Cinereous Rain, Coven Spell, Crypt Witch, etc.) knew how to do it right with their debut Eremozoic, and their follow-up has come to prove that wasn't just a fluke.

By its nature, Funeral Doom is meant to be depressing, but even by that standard, A Dark Shining Light is an exercise in dragging heaviness and lifeless despair. Hell, even I find this shit depressing, and this is coming from a Finn who grew up watching Thergothon and Skepticism basically invent the genre. There's nothing pretty here, just slow beats and a bleak, pitiless atmosphere that does the genre justice as it rips your soul out from your earthly body. With this release, Eugen has put himself at the forefront of the darker and more severe end of the genre and has done a phenomenal job while at it. Fans of hopeless, ultra-depressive music will want to get this, but anyone with more depressive tendencies may want to approach it with caution.

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Review: Eremozoic (reviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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