Funeralium - Biography




Funeralium was founded in June 2003 by Marquis (Ataraxie) who wanted to express his own vision about extreme doom. At that time, his most influential bands were Bethlehem, Saint Vitus, Black Sabbath, Cathedral, Abruptum and Burning Witch.

Berserk (also of Ataraxie) joined Funeralium soon after with Ys and Toxine (from Heol Telwen) who were also enthusiastic about the project.

Funeralium describes their style as "ultra sick doom", i.e. raw extreme doom with bleak atmospheres, torturous "vokills" and lots of old school metal elements. In September the first rehearsals started and they began to work on the following tracks "Transcendance N°26" and "Funeralium".

In March 2004 they were offered a deal to release their first demo on the underground metal label Band Or Be Banged!!. One month later they recorded that demo at the Nekrodoom Studio and they decided to call it Ultra Sick Doom. They did that to honor German sick gods Bethlehem which gave the name of the genre that they founded i.e. "dark metal" by releasing "dark metal" album.

So Ultra Sick Doom[i] was released in June 2004 and that demo received great feedback from all the underground metal community. Soon after, the first gigs began and they were given the opportunity to take part in several doom gigs and festivals across France, Holland and Belgium. Between, 2004 and 2006 they rehearsed harder to be able to record a first album later. The following tracks were composed: "Let People Die", "Light Crisis", "Nearly The End", "First Symptoms".

In 2006, TotalRust from Israel and Ostra Records offered deals to release the their first album in CD and DLP formats. Recording took place at two different studios (Nekrodoom & Solid Studio) during summer 2006. Yet, because of several maledictions, mixing/mastering suffered from a huge delay and painfully took place in 2007 at the Walnut Groove Studio..

Funeralium's first album was finally released by [i]Totalrust
during Summer 2007 in CD format. DLP format was released later in 2007 by Ostra Records. One more time, it received great feedback from all the metal community. Unfortunately, several problems brought a total chaos within the band. Band's activity totally stopped during several months and all these problem lead to the departure of Ys... their former drummer.

Finally, Funeralium upraised in February 2008. A.D. K'shon replaced Ys... and Asmael Lebouc joined the band a second bass player/vokillist. Band's rehearsals began again at a regular pace and the motivation is now back again. Band is willing to strike hard so they have started composing material for their second album. Not too long after Toxine left the band and was replaced by Charlesward.

In 2013 the band released their latest opus, titled Decieved Idealism, to critical acclaim around the Doom community. The album was released by long-time record label Ostra Records, and in cooperation with Weird Truth Productions.