Funerarium - Nocthule
31 January 2008

01. Intro
02. Riders Of Doom
03. Nocthule
04. Journey Through The Desolated Landscapes
05. The Curse / Ontology Of The Trinity
06. The Parable Of The Blind Leading The Weak
07. In The Streams Of Melancholy
08. In The Dark Nihilistic Center Of Gravity

Funerarium is quite probably the first band from Luxembourg to reach my infernal eardrums. And as they say, the first impression is very important, the Black Metal scene of Luxembourg (is there any?) should not worry. "Nocthule", the second full-length by Funerarium is - while being everything but original - a more than decent release.

The coverart is very gritty, and shows a procession of wraiths in a forest. These wraiths remind me of the infamous Ku Klux Klan, but usually people in bedsheets tend to have that effect on me. Besides that similarity, the coverart, drenched in green shades, looks very good.

Musically, they offer ferocious fast-paced Norwegian styled Black Metal. They keep it simple and basic, and try to excel in atmosphere rather than complexity. Old school riffs, howling vocals with an echoing touch and a doomy feeling. Corpus Christii's latest album "Rising" evoked similar feelings.

In earlier reviews, I bashed bands who did nothing new into the ground, but this time I will not. The reason is that Funerarium has a certain energy, a 'sweat, blood and tears' attitude, or 'spirit', if you will, that convinced me of their good intentions. In the end, that is what matters to me most. If you disagree, simply ignore the rating and the band, but if you think like me, you would not be wasting your time checking it out.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 6
Production: 7

Band profile: Funerarium
Album: Nocthule


Written on 05.05.2008 by
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Damnated - 05.05.2008 at 21:19  
you haven't heard Donkelheet i presume then. another original gem of Luxembourg =P
HolyandFallen - 19.06.2008 at 21:31  
A new album from Funerallium? I waaaaaaaant it!!!
HolyandFallen - 19.06.2008 at 21:34  
Funererium? Not Funerallium? What a disappointment!

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