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Review: Funerus - Reduced to Sludge
Reduced to Sludge

Label: Ibex Moon Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 34:48
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: July 7, 2012
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (11 Votes)

Another band that formed more than 20 years ago, but only released a first album many years later (2003). Fans of that one had to wait another eight years for the follow-up, Reduced to Sludge.

Funerus play it old school, not really adopting any of the facets of modern Death Metal. While they crank up the speed when they need to, they also play it slow and heavy on this album, almost giving it a doomy vibe at times. The vocals are harsh, throaty growls that sound like they slid through sandpaper before getting through the speakers and this just adds to the overall dark, doomy, almost apocalyptic and depressive atmosphere of the album. In fact Jilll McEntee's vocals remind me a little bit of Master's Paul Speckmann's style and personally I'd give the nod to Jill who sounds less... "gargly" (just made that word up).

Old school, somewhat thrashy, heavy, dark, the kind of music that just pins you to the ground and makes you beg for more. Worth checking out if that sounds like your kind of poison.

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