Marche Funèbre - Einderlicht review




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Band: Marche Funèbre
Album: Einderlicht
Release date: September 2020


01. Scarred
02. The Eye Of The End
03. When All Is Said
04. The Maelstrom Mute
05. Deformed
06. Einderlicht


He's passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! He's expired and gone to meet his maker! He's a stiff! Bereft of life, he rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed him to the perch he'd be pushing up the daisies! His metabolic processes are now history! He's off the twig! He's kicked the bucket, he's shuffled off his mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleeding choir invisible! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!

Now, why did I start this review with a whole paragraph of the famous Parrot Sketch from Monty Python? Two reasons, really. There's of course the whole theme of Einderlicht, which is all about death (more specifically suicide). And secondly, the fact that the lyrics are just as impressive in finding synonyms for the word death as the aforementioned sketch. All silliness aside, the lyrics itself are definitely solid, but not exactly very varied due to the limitations of the theme.

What is varied, however, is the music. Einderlicht is a death doom record through and through. One moment you're listening to a doom song with acoustic guitars and dense droning riffs. The next moment you're listening to an aggressive track that puts a bigger focus on the death metal elements. The album effortlessly switches between these doom metal and death metal songs, and thanks to the variety it manages to keep the listener engaged from start to finish. However, I sometimes wished these doom and death elements would have been more blended in with each other in the tracks, rather than the track-by-track nature that we have now. I feel like that would have made the songs even more unique.

Another thing that impressed me on this record are the vocals. Growls, cleans, screams... they are all here and done really well. Arne Vandenhoeck delivers a simply excellent performance all throughout Einderlicht.

Next, we've got the production. And it's the kind of production that I really like for these types of albums. Guitars with a raw dark tone, vocals that are clear in the mix, haunting acoustic parts and drums that pierce through and put some nice emphasis in the music. Quality stuff.

There's one more thing I want to talk about. More specifically, one song: the title track, which closes the album. It's the only track in Dutch and it's a spectacular one. I did some digging and apparently it's the first time ever that Marche Funèbre made a song in their native language, and while I often find songs in Dutch odd-sounding (even though it's my native language as well), this one feels just right. I consider it the highlight of an already strong album.

So, do I recommend listening to Einderlicht? Yes, of course. However, I recommend it to people who like both doom metal and death metal. This is not one of those records with a death doom label that clearly leans more towards the doom or the death side. No, like I said earlier in this review, Einderlicht switches constantly between the two. Meaning that if you aren't a fan of one of the two genres, you'll probably dislike half of the album. But if you like both genres, give it a listen. It's really well put together.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Production: 9


 



Written on 15.10.2020 by You know I'm right, you just haven't realised it yet...


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Comments: 7   Visited by: 74 users
15.10.2020 - 10:36
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Oh look, another album about death!

Thank God it's a really good one, these guys were pretty great live.
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15.10.2020 - 11:53
nikarg
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Written by RaduP on 15.10.2020 at 10:36

Thank God it's a really good one, these guys were pretty great live.

100% agree with both statements.

Love the review, man.
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15.10.2020 - 17:22
musclassia
Yeah, this is a really solid listen
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15.10.2020 - 20:04
tominator
At best deranged
Written by RaduP on 15.10.2020 at 10:36

Oh look, another album about death!

Thank God it's a really good one, these guys were pretty great live.


Glad you suggested this one to me.

I would definitely be interested to see them live someday.
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15.10.2020 - 20:05
tominator
At best deranged
Written by nikarg on 15.10.2020 at 11:53

Love the review, man.


Thanks!
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17.10.2020 - 04:48
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Well thanks for bringing it to my attention then, people have probably seen me gripe about death doom on here before and how 90% of the time it just feels to me like "yeah we play doom metal and our vocalist growls too lol". I'm always up for more bands that actually do strike more of a fine balance between the two. The most recent I can think of would be Spectral Voice, so if this is anything like them I'm totally down
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17.10.2020 - 16:48
tominator
At best deranged
Written by Apothecary on 17.10.2020 at 04:48

Well thanks for bringing it to my attention then, people have probably seen me gripe about death doom on here before and how 90% of the time it just feels to me like "yeah we play doom metal and our vocalist growls too lol". I'm always up for more bands that actually do strike more of a fine balance between the two. The most recent I can think of would be Spectral Voice, so if this is anything like them I'm totally down


I definitely agree with that sentiment. I mean I don't mind it much if it's basically 95% doom metal and 5% death metal or vice versa. I like both genres and in the end it comes down to whether I like the record or not.

But why some even want to call it death doom then is beyond my comprehension. Like you mentioned it's probably because of the vocals most of the time. But then you could ask yourself if that should really be the only criteria to look at. I mean other genres like gothic metal don't use the label of "death" so randomly. Even though that genre, just like the doom genre, has bands who use clean vocals (Idle Hands) and bands that use growls or a hybrid of cleans and growls. Heavenwood for instance, they don't use that tag of "death", yet have a substantial amount of growls.

I feel like I remember that cover art for Eroded Corridors Of Unbeing from somewhere, but I don't think I gave that one a listen. I probably should do that some time.
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