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Monday, December 19, 2011

Funeral Revolt - Burial (1991)

Genre: Death Metal
Country: Greece
Year: 1991

1. Burial
2. Fly Beyond
3. Lamentation
4. Concealment of Truth
5. Solitude

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I figured the best place to begin again would be precisely where I left off, so here we have another EP from the dynamic Funeral Revolt! To those who have been following this blog for the past year (ololol), you've listened to Brutality Domain. That was a very gritty, dirty-sounding demo, and Funeral Revolt have cleaned up their act rapidly (two drastically different sounding demos in one year?) with their latest offering.

The first thing that struck me was how well the first three tracks meshed together. Hell, this could have been a short and sweet EP with just those songs and you wouldn't find me complaining. I'll treat the other two as an added bonus! "Burial" starts off as an eerie, synthetic dark ambient track that I'll refer to as the "inhale". The "exhale" comes with "Lamentation", the perfect acoustic closing act to the expansive and powerful "Fly Beyond".

The entire demo is very riff-heavy, and you can begin to see the roots of Funeral Revolt's embrace of the distinct Hellenic riffing style. Synths are used much more on this release, leading to an atmospheric and ancient-sounding aura, clashing surprisingly well with the guttural destruction inherent in all Death Metal. I get the vibe of controlled chaos (if that even makes sense) throughout this release, every song flitting on the edge of pandemonium, yet somehow confined in the boundaries of order through methodical solos and pinpoint drumming.

Pleasantly surprised, considering the previous demo's style. Recommended.

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