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Review: Funebrarum - The Sleep of Morbid Dreams
The Sleep of Morbid Dreams

Label: Cyclone Empire
Year released: 2009
Duration: 39:47
Tracks: 7
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: January 15, 2010
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
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Rated 4.11/5 (82.11%) (19 Votes)

People, I really like Death Metal more than my current history of reviewing shows. I just feel that I am not quite ready to review some of the all-time classics of the genre, as it is too daunting for me to undertake at this point in time. But that won't stop me from reviewing Funebrarum's The Sleep of Morbid Dreams!

This album is pretty much what you would expect from a Death Metal record created by a bunch of guys who love the style and who hail from the older, more pure days. This is packed with visceral, pounding and thrashy riffing heavied up to 11, packed in the dark, dissonant atmosphere and thick, punishing guitar sound, along with throaty, deep growls and drumming fast enough to tear your head off. And that is exactly why it is so good – it is everything you expect, written by professionals and performed with such a vicious hunger that it's hard to believe that this isn't from 1992 or so.

I really dig the heavy, pulverizing groove present on here, which never takes away from the head-smashing riffage in the fucking least. The whole atmosphere and vibe is just like one of the classic bands. In fact, it's like many of the classic bands, sounding right in the middle of the sounds of any number of Death Metal pioneers from all over the world. Their influences are wide spread but also condensed, not sounding like a rip-off or a tribute to anything due to the huge range of them.

But that isn't why anyone likes this; it's because it just kicks ass. "Perish Beneath" kicks up with jagged rhythms and riffs as sharp as glass, and the sinister "Grave Reaper" beefs things up even further. The speedy "Beyond Recognition" lives up to its name by simply pummeling away at your face until it is, get the idea. "Nex Momentum" is 8 minutes long and a slower cut, with a lot of great atmosphere and satisfyingly heavy riffs making for a Death Metal epic that gets my certificate of approval.

There isn't a whole lot to say about why this album is good. It just is - it's a Death Metal album that does what a Death Metal album does and succeeds at it wholeheartedly. Damn fine stuff, and certainly a keeper for anyone who loves the style. Highly Recommended.

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