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Funeral Of God Reviews

 

 

Walking Amongst The Graves

(2016)

 

ConcreteWeb 88/100

 

Cadaver Garden

 

Blackened Death Metal Zine

 

...Of Doom & Despair

(2016)

 

ConcreteWeb 88/100

 

Spanish: Black Metal Spirit 7.9/10

 

Blackened Death Metal Zine 8/10

 

 

 

 

Walking Amongst The Graves

 

Concrete Web

 

Recently I came along the quite unusual yet highly interesting label Merdümgiriz (nowadays based in London), which focus on Underground material especially, with releases handmade by one of the label’s owners, Emir Togrul. On April 18th 2016 I published a review for Grimmdrasil’s The Cold Haunting Loneliness Of Crushing Certainty, and the month before, on March 28th, I uploaded a review for the grandiose album …Of Doom And Despair, created by international act, yet Italy-born, Funeral Of God. For some additional information about Funeral Of God’s former activities, I’d like to refer to this site’s update of March 28th 2016. At this moment it’s better to enter the band’s or label’s name in the ‘search’ tab, because we’re still dwelling through impenetrable technical ignorance after Dirk’s passing away…

 

Anyway, Walking Amongst The Graves is a new EP (on tape), released by Merdümgiriz. It was recorded by founding member Paolo ‘Odio’ Cerretini (all instruments) and Merdümgiriz’ Emir Togrul (vocals and lyrics). All copies are hand-painted and self-printed by the artistic mind of Emir, like about all releases on this guy’s label.

 

The EP opens starts the title track, opening with a very short introduction, a vocal sample from a source a do not know about (funny detail: the happily singing bird on the background). Quite soon, Funeral Of God show their true face: an ugly, heavily tortured, scarred one it is. It is not an easy task to describe this stuff, to put a label on this material. Quite much in the vein of Woods Of Belial, Urna or earlier Ævangelist, for example, Funeral Of God perform some sort of Morbid Apocalyptic Occult Industrial Funeral Doom Black Metal, somewhat mechanical at times, and quite ominous and spooky too. It might be less ‘blackened’ than the former full length release, especially because of the changement in vocal approach, yet at least it is as suffocating, focusing on aural discomfort and, at the same time, sonic satisfaction (the sadomasochistic way!).

 

Heavily distorted strings and a slowly-pounding drum computer interact in quite a sick way, yet the weird vocals make the whole even more perverted and unbearable. Indeed, don’t we all crave for such mental terror. It results in a love-it-or-hate-it thing, but that’s up to you – and to how much you can bear, how strong you can stand. I’m a brave boy, so I belong to the love-camp.

 

Anyway, those interested in stuff à la Ævangelist, Woods Of Belial, Goatpsalm, Gnaw Their Tongues, Sigihl, Urna or Chaos Echoes know what to search for! Be warned, be prepared!

 

83/100

 

Ivan Tibos

6.12.2016

 

 

 

Cadaver Garden

 

Most every release that Merdumgiriz puts out isn’t exactly what you would call normal as most releases stray way off the beaten path to create their own sordid path. Funeral Of God is no different. They blaze their own twisted path of psychotic music and with their newest release Walking Amongst The Graves they take you down this path with them. When it comes to releases such as this, you come to expect the unexpected and if you know Merdumgiriz the unexpected is their specialty.

 

Even though you never really know what you will be getting when you dive into aMerdumgiriz release, what you can expect is that it is going to be psychotic, dismal, abrasive and it is most likely going to be something that you haven’t quite heard before. With that being said, there are no dull moments within this four track record. It keeps you on your toes at all times as it sinks you lower and lower into the pits ov the netherworld with each passing minute.

 

Walking Amongst The Graves doesn’t supply you with droves of songs to grate your skull against, but with there being only four songs on this record, each song has a fairly decent run time. Within minutes you sink yourself in the back of your own mind sitting in recesses that are cold and dreary. Walking Amongst The Graves is heavy on a different kind of level. Instead of being purely head caving, it is soul shattering and mind warping.

 

These types of releases play with your inner demons and create soundscapes that are bleak, cold and devastating. Once you begin listening you become trapped in a labyrinth from which you cannot escape. What Funeral Of God provides for you is an album that is both gloomy and harsh all at the same time. So while a dismal cloud hangs over your head you are getting struck by lightning at the same time.

 

Funeral Of God rattles your brain and shatters your soul with buzzing riffs that transition between slow doom filled dirges and buzzing blistering onslaughts. The drums are solid and the bass is ever present as it rumbles in the background. Vocals in each song both roar and mystify. The roars are purely demonic and the more hypnotic mystifying vocals are haunting and truly are terrifying. Along with the punishing musicianship are added odd sounds that push the dark atmosphere further into something that is almost poisonous.

 

Walking Amongst The Graves is an interesting listen, one that takes you into the darker corners of your mind. Funeral Of God does a good job of mixing tempos and sounds as well, never sticking with just one singular sound making things interesting for the listener. Walking Amongst The Graves is heavy, dark and mysterious, and if you are looking for something new and intriguing, this would be a good place to start.

 

Jared Harrison

3.4.2016

 

 

 

Blackened Death Zine

 

  Funeral  Of  God  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  recently  been  featured  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  funeral  doom  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Walking  Amongst  The  Graves"  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  is  more  close  to  funeral  doom  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  deep  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  synths  give  the  music  an  atmospheric  sound  that  has  elements  of  ambient. 

  Programmed  drum  beats  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  for  the  most  part  stick  to  a  very  slow  yet  heavy  and  dark  musical  direction  that  mixes  a  good  amount  of  influences  from  both  the  80's  and  90's  while  also  always  avoiding  any  use  of guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Funeral  Of  God  creates  another  recording  that  takes  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  funeral  doom  to  create  some  very  dark  and  heavy  sounding  music,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  ritualistic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another great  sounding  recording  from  Funeral  Of  God  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  metal  and  funeral  doom,  you  should  enjoy  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Walking  Amongst  The  Graves"  and  "Obscurity  And  Despair".

 

8/10

 

John Larsen

28.3.2016

 

 

 

...Of Doom & Despair Reviews

 

ConcreteWeb

 

Funeral Of God are an Italian act that were formed in 2010 by Paolo ‘Odio’ Cerretini, also involved with extreme acts such as MincerIn League With SatanGlioblastomaG.N.C. or Red Bible Black. Soon Paolo (bass and lead guitars, drum programming) got joined by Ukrainian artist Mariya Popyk. She’s especially known, I think, for her paintings / drawings, and the duo did record and release a first (untitled) demo in 2012; Paolo taking care of bass, lead / rhythms guitars and drum programming, and Mariya doing the keyboards and vocals. Very soon after they recruited Lorenzo Sgariboldi, and they did re-record the demo material, this time with Maryia doing the rhythm guitar parts too, and Lorenzo taking care of the bass parts (and Paolo focusing on the lead guitar parts and the programming). It resulted in their first album, …Of Doom And Despair, with the tracks from the 2012-demo and some new ones. Recently the band signed to Turkish labelMerdümgidiz, which releases this first album. FYI: also the newest Funeral Of God effort (Walking Amongst The Graves) will see the light via this label (with label co-owner Emir Togrul participating too). In a couple of days / weeks / decades I will write and upload the review for that one too, but let’s now focus on …Of Doom And Despair.

 

…Of Doom And Despair lasts for fifty minutes, and opens with the intro Reflections On Endless Void, standing for a somewhat weird but intriguing Industrial-injected form of Ambient. The first ‘real’ track is Sliding In The Mouth Of Hell, and with the intro I had the feeling that this album could be something outstanding. Sliding In The Mouth Of Hell is a confirmation of this prophecy! It’s quite strange to experience, though mostly different from what we’re used to.Mariya’s voice is of an exceptionally weird and harsh kind, so sick / sickened / sickening, with that echoing effect and that buzzing sound. The drum computer too adds this material with something uncomfortable, for penetrating the whole with a mechanical and post-apocalyptic touch of destruction. It’s not really reinventing the scene, but stillFuneral Of God come with a very characterising own approach. The variation in tempo and structure is necessary, but since it’s prominently present, it’s a surplus to conserve attraction and attention.

 

Fine are the additions like church bells or samples, the extremely doomy passages, the hints of hypnosis, the obscure, ritual and mystic atmosphere, the echoing voice aspects, the goatlordian acid, and the inherent feeling of discomfort / disturbance / discordance.

 

Remarkable but not all of a sudden, the newer compositions are little more guitar-oriented, but this surely will have to do with the fact that band leader Paolo nowadays rather focuses on the lead guitar aspects (cf. Mariya and Lorenzotaking over the background rhythm string part duties). But it isn’t but a detail, for the inherent and explicit nature ofFuneral Of God’s performance remains quite the same.

 

The mainly slow creations mingle elements from ultimately raw Ritual / Occult Black Metal, evil Funeral Doom, extreme Blackened Morbid Death Metal and Noise - Death Industrial – Drone Dark Ambient stuff, reminding me of some symbiosis of UrnaWoods Of BelialGnaw Their TonguesÆvangelistAncient MoonGoatpsalmMordor (the Swiss one), Nashehrhum and Hoth, including hints of Necrophagia and Goatlord. The gruesome grimness of these comparisons get strengthened by the extreme, rough and poisonous production, dry as desert sand, raped and tortured… Besides, the mechanical suppression works disturbing, adding even more dissonance and chaos to the frenzy and psychosis. It’s a heavily digestible album, …Of Doom And Despair, and not every human soul will enjoy the beauty of this creation. But you must give it a try if you like any of higher mentioned styles of bands / projects!

 

88/100

 

Ivan Tibos

28.3.2016

 

 

 

Black Metal Spirit

 

La banda comienza su andadura en el 2010 teniendo como referente el estilo opresivo, pesado y oscuro de bandas como Celtic Frost, así en 2012 lanzan su primera demo a partir de la cual el grupo comienza a trabajar en nuevo material al mismo tiempo que su line-up sufre algún que otro retoque. Con este" ...of Doom & Despair" vienen de retomar la carrera de la banda y en él incluyen tanto temas nuevos como los de la su primera demo. En cuanto al sonido de los once temas entregados en su primer larga duración transitan por lugares cercanos al funeral doom, eso esta fuera de toda duda, pero también recogen influencias de sonido industrial, todo ello desde una perspectiva pesada y aplastante. Desde el comienzo del álbum el oyente se ve inmerso en una vorágine de sonido denso y putrefacto, en donde la inquietud y los sonidos industriales y repetitivos van haciendo mella en subconsciente. Todo ello acompañado de una densidad y oscuridad muy bien recreada, en donde también la disonancia de las composiciones y el ritmo casi que lineal de las voces convierten los cincuenta minutos del álbum en una experiencia casi que extenuante, violenta e insana. Tal vez se eche en falta algo más de variedad en las composiciones, sin embargo la ambientación lograda está fuera de toda duda.

 

7.9/10

 

Fran Rocha Fernandez

6.3.2016

 

 

 

Blackened Death Metal Zine

 

 Funeral  Of  God  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a mixture  of  black,  death  metal,  funeral  doom  and  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "...Of  Doom  And  Despair"  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz.

  Ambient  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  effects  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  atmospheric funeral  doom  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  after  death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of t he  songs.

  When  the  music speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  more  90's  influences  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  avant  garde  elements  at  times  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  at  times  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  and  the  last  track  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording.

  Funeral  Of  God  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old  school  death  metal  and  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  funeral  doom  and  dark  ambient  to  create  something  very  dark,  heavy  and  original, the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Funeral  Of  God  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  funeral  doom,  death  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sliding  In  the  Mouth  Of  Hell" "Encrusted  Nails  Of  Obsession"  "Hail  to  Degenerator"  and  "Meditation  Into  Erebus".

 

8  out  of  10.

 

John Larsen

10.2.2016