Staying true to traditional Black Metal.
Old is cool and every fucking body knows that. But Black Funeral never betrayed the essence of pure black metal, a thing that is rare in the era of PC shoegaze pseudo-depressive fad. No melodies, no cool production, only the traditional sound from the deep abyss of lo-fi destruction.
With all technology available is impossible to imagine a band that can record something that remembers the old days, but somewhat Black Funeral, the original USBM band managed to do that.
The opener Shadows of Obour is an ode to the atonal rifferama, sunken guitars, no audible bass (if there’s any) and yet it’s an extremely interesting track that develops with gusto for Darkthrone-like style, never-changing tempo and repetitive phrases a là A Blaze in the Northern Sky. A chef d’oeuvre lemme say.
The title track is more like an earworm, but don’t get me wrong, this is as primitive as one can get. The work is a pure destructive invocation from netherworld, with compassed drums, with a puny yet audible ride cymbals.
Another highlight is The Morrigan (Battle Crow) that starts as mid-tempo black metal and explodes itself into a brutal form of primeval black metal.
Black Funeral is alive and kicking, which is rare nowadays, but heck that’s the real deal: amongst one thousand bands claiming they play “black metal” is good to separate the wheat from the chaff. Black Funeral is a premiere band for premiere die-hards, any doubt about that?
Ankou and the Death Fire will be available in LP and CD with different covers on September 9th on Iron Bonehead / Dark Adversary
(Daniel “Roderick” Death)