Funeral Mist - Hekatomb review



Reviewer:
8.4

74 users:
8.11
Band: Funeral Mist
Album: Hekatomb
Release date: June 2018


01. In Nomine Domini
02. Naught But Death
03. Shedding Skin
04. Cockatrice
05. Metamorphosis
06. Within The Without
07. Hosanna
08. Pallor Mortis


While 2018's biggest surprise comeback does not have too many surprises within itself, Hekatomb still hits harder than most black metal releases.

To prepare myself for this review, I revisited all the previous material. There isn't really a lot to dive into, but Funeral Mist's music has always spoken to me on a different level. Now I can safely say that this project by Arioch, a.k.a. Mortuus, is without a doubt my favorite within the current Swedish black metal scene. But what is it that captivates these corrupted ears? It's the raw, beautiful melodies that evoke such a blood-chilling atmosphere. The refined, violent, and so-gorgeous-you-can-hum-them riffs from Salvation remain nearly unmatched. And what about Maranatha, with its cleaner sound, daring experimentation, and such an unnerving, disgusting, fanatical vocal delivery? You see, there is plenty to love in Funeral Mist's sound, a sound that it took me an intense week to realize really is their very own.

I'm glad to let you know that Hekatomb sits well with its two predecessors and that what you remember from Funeral Mist's style has not been forgotten. The unusual, intriguing, and unbelievably furious riffs are still there in tracks like "In Nomine Domini" and "Hosanna," the latter a track that could have easily been released back when Salvation first haunted our ears. Arioch still sounds like a possessed, mad prophet ready to puke black blood on all humanity. We have plenty of extreme metal vocalists whose screams and growls we consider iconic and I really think it's about time Arioch's throaty and disgusting tone is appreciated. "Shedding Skin" in particular is quite unnerving thanks to that incredible performance behind the mic. If slower, more contemplative black metal is your thing, then Hekatomb has you covered with the two longest tracks, "Cockatrice" and "Metamorphosis". Here we can hear Funeral Mist's more subtle and experimental side, with haunting keyboards and the choirs that have become a defiant part of the project's ceremonial, biblical tone.

Production-wise, Hekatomb seems more balanced that the previous two albums. Not too raw and lo-fi so that we may fully appreciate the melodies and ideas presented, but not too clean in order to pack a punch. Hekatomb's songwriting is a bit less adventurous than before, but one must take off the nostalgia goggles. Sure, it might not be as savage as Salvation or as extravagant as Maranatha but one must consider an even more important role: Funeral Mist's third opus solidifies their sound as their very own.

Blessed be the song of the fraud and the sham!
Blessed be the foul masquerade of the lamb!
Hosanna! Behold the rise of an army of well-dressed anti-Christs!


Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 8


 



Written on 20.07.2018 by An extremely lazy reviewer but he's so cute you'd forgive him for it.


Comments

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20.07.2018 - 16:12
nikarg
Old Nick
Good review man. I fuckin' love the album!
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20.07.2018 - 17:21
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by nikarg on 20.07.2018 at 16:12
Good review man. I fuckin' love the album!


Thanks, man! It really is quite the grower and I even considered changing the score once it got the proofread but Im still happy with the result. Like I said in my review... What I love the most about this album is how it solidifies Funeral Mist's identity within the black metal scene. It's their/his sound alone and that is one hell of an achievement to unlock in black metal!
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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21.07.2018 - 18:54
nikarg
Old Nick
I never pay too much attention to the ratings, not even my own

The content is exactly how I feel about the album and this is what matters, so thank you doc for putting my feelings into words

P.S. And Salvation couldn't be repeated. It's probably the scariest piece of music ever recorded. But this one is also great. Just a different kind of great.
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21.07.2018 - 23:48
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by nikarg on 21.07.2018 at 18:54
P.S. And Salvation couldn't be repeated. It's probably the scariest piece of music ever recorded. But this one is also great. Just a different kind of great.


I hear ya, man. I got a special relationship with that album not only cuz it was one of my very first contacts with the more obscure and extreme side of black metal... But also cuz the review I wrote on that album was my second and last guest review before I got promoted to elite by the higher MS powers. <3
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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25.07.2018 - 11:28
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Nice review.
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06.08.2018 - 19:42
barnesy
Nice review! Completely agree with the performance part too. The energy is just sweltering off this thing. I've never heard much of Funeral Mist before, so now I'm thinking I need their entire catalog. For me, this album came out of nowhere and it has blown me away.
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