Rating:
8.8
Funebrarum - Beneath The Columns Of Abandoned Gods
2001


01. Tombs Of Sleeping Darkness
02. Adoration Of Abscessed Cadavers
03. Miasma Of Pestilence
04. Dormant Hallucination
05. Depths Of Misery
06. Darkening Of The Dead [bonus]
07. Dormant Hallucination [bonus]
08. Adoration Of Abscessed Cadavers [bonus]
09. The Depths Of Misery [bonus]
10. Kingdom Of Suffering Souls [bonus]
11. Abandoned Gods [bonus]
12. Tombs Of Sleeping Darkness [bonus]
13. Incineration Of Mortal Flesh [bonus]


Re-released by NWN! on September 17, 2008 on regular and die hard vinyl. Both editions include a poster, insert, and bonus tracks from Dormant Hallucination (tracks 6 to 8). The die hard edition includes a patch, sticker, blue splatter vinyl, and a bonus record with tracks from Triumphant Ascent (9-11) and a studio rehearsal (12 and 13).


Funebrarum is one of the most-revered Death metal bands of the underground. And it's no secret why. Beneath The Columns Of Abandoned Gods will tell you.

Beneath The Columns Of Abandoned Gods, from now on referred to as Beneath..., is an insanely heavy record. Especially the guitar sound. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if this is some of the heaviest Death metal you'll ever hear. Imagine Coffins in a decompression chamber. No joke.

Funebrarum carefully crafted their heaviness with a few basic elements: 1) insanely bass-heavy guitar distortion, 2) a strong Doom current running rampant through their riffs and 3) a natural instinct for knowing when to slow down, go mid-paced or speed up. But that's not it. Their brand of Swedish-inspired Old School Death metal has a lovely ancient and obscure edge to it, as if it actually emerged from long-forgotten catacombs. If you've read one of Lovecraft's stories, for example "The Nameless City", you'll know what Beneath... sounds like. And all of that is due to the great riffs and the wonderfully dank and mouldy production. Daryl Kahan's vocals sound like an [cliche alert] awakening Chtulhu [/cliche alert]. They're amazingly deep, completely inhuman and possibly unnatural. And for some extra spice, Nick Orlando and Matt Medeiros throw in a sparse wall-clawing solo. Fantastic.

It's a shame this piece of work is only thirty minutes long, because Beneath... is old school Death metal at it's best. Death metal in itself a genre perfectly suitable to evoke images of ancient horrors, hellish torment, forgotten monstrosities and lurking fears, and Funebrarum is one of it's front runners.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 7
Production: 8


Website: http://www.funebrarum.com/


 



Written on 10.03.2010 by
Lucas
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Visioneerie - 10.03.2010 at 23:11  
I hope I' m old school enough to enjoy this album. Because I can enjoy some of it, but it has to be good... really good. Blessed Are the Sick good.
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.03.2010 at 17:23  
This is one of those ultra-high regarded bands of last year that was completely lost on me. Much like the Teitanblood release. Meh, give me Portal any day.
Lucas - 12.03.2010 at 16:39  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 11.03.2010 at 17:23

This is one of those ultra-high regarded bands of last year that was completely lost on me. Much like the Teitanblood release. Meh, give me Portal any day.


This is their old one though, from 2001. Might review the new one soon, not sure. Compared to the new one this is slower, heavier and more sluggish.
!J.O.O.E.! - 12.03.2010 at 17:05  
Yeah I thought the new one would have been reviewed already actually given the hype surrounding it.

Anyway I'm determined to give this band and Teitanblood another chance. So many people can't be wrong.
Lucas - 12.03.2010 at 17:18  
Seven Chalices is much more overwhelming than this one, imo.

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