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Review: Funerarium - Nocthule

Label: Undercover Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 45:32
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: May 5, 2008
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (5 Votes)

Well this certainly got my attention pretty quickly. Not only do Funerarium win the award for 'first band from Luxembourg Lars has ever heard', but they also achieved the status of sending me the 'best promo I've received thus far this year'. When it comes to Black Metal, I love the fact that even if you begin to think that every possible arrangement and riff structure has been played already, an unknown band will always come along and slap you silly with monster riffs contained in a thick, fuzzy atmosphere recalling the frostbitten Norwegian 2nd wave of Black Metal throughout.

The aforementioned riffs range from a mid-paced burn to a pedal to the metal blast, with both tempos beautifully enshrouded in a thoroughly unwholesome atmosphere that hovers around you like a thick, black miasma. The production is utterly perfect for the music, I wouldn't change a thing about it. The tremolo picked guitars shimmer and fizz similarly to those heard on early Manes recordings, keeping in line the drum work and creepy hissed vocals, both of which are set fairly low in the mix. Yep, you read it right - the guitars are the main fixation here, really pushing the excellent riffs to the forefront for all to appreciate whilst simultaneously creating the true old school Black Metal atmospheres that a lot of the ongoing 2nd wave bands are still hoping to re-create.

Thoroughly authentic and satisfactorily kvlt, Funerarium manage to enthrall with their reliably genuine black auras for the full 45 minute 32 second run time. As Nigel Tufnell once said "It's like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black".

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