Funerary - Starless Aeon (2015)
The new album from Funerary is a deep-sunk pit of despair, raw and jagged enough to call to mind some of the emotionalism of black metal or the harsher sort of sludge, but firmly rooted in the bass-heavy ethos of doom. After a couple of relatively quick tracks to show what they intend to do, the band rolls out the big ones, letting themselves sink into the tarry weight of reverbed strings, slow-speed drums, and vocals that billow out like poison clouds over the decaying soundscapes. As the darkness leaks from your speakers, flowing from one crushed dream to the next, the band shows a good control of keeping the momentum strong through such sluggish tempos, shifting their presence between withdrawn and aggressive without seeming too forced. Those who want their doom slow and crushing will be well pleased, but those who need more of a heavy rock bent to the riffs and production will likely be turned off by the acid-etched edges. A limited reissue run of cassettes will be out from Sentient Ruin Laboratories (along with digital copies), while Vendetta Records will be handling the vinyl.
For Fans Of; Battle Hag, Boar Worship, Heavydeath, Tons, Trees