Funerus is an underground Death Metal band that has been floating around the underground scene since the early 90’s with demos. The New York-based band will release its second
Reduced To Sludge, through Ibex Moon Records. Violent and brooding, this eleven-track nightmarish beast was engineered by Sam Inzerra, Jim Roe and John McEntee. Funerus boasts an enviable presence of Incantation guitarist John McEntee. The opening track, “Behind the door”, is a classic way to start a death metal album with some doom elements. Typical of Incantation guitar style, the vocals and the drumming style is also similar to the former. For somebody not familiar with old Incantation, this album would serve to introduce them to their style. Musically, they look back, way back in fact, to the early days of death metal. Old, down and dirty death metal! The stuff for purists! Hardcore! Think Asphyx, add a dose of Autopsy and also Disciple of Mockery! I am not going to go through all the tracks as most of them sound similar, though not disappointing. The bass guitar is sheer perfection from Jill. She has done a good work and I heard that she has also done vocals. I did see the live video and she has done an amazing job on bass and vocals. The drumming is a mix of mid paced and fast paced. There are some occasions where it is played very slowly to give you the Doom-y influence. The vocals through out the album Reduced to Sludge have taken a back seat. The lead guitars on a track like “Reduced to Sludge” is really sick and tight. It is crisp and short! Unfortunately, the songs could have used a bit more variation to really stick-out. The feeling of urgency and the primitive, thrusting power are the strongest selling points of Reduced To Sludge. It’s a record that might not be the most shocking, but is way above average and although it might not reduce the listener to sludge, it is pretty decent for the time spent on listening it. The production is really good and it gives a great feeling to listen to the album completely. The consistency is maintained in terms of mix through out the album. As far as
Metal goes this is arguably more doom/death than death metal. But who cares,
as this will appeal the new fans as well as old fans Funerus is a paradigm for what old-school death metal is about. Even though a lot of people might say that it is another old Incantation clone, but there are a lot of instances where they have done something different in some of the tracks. It is a quality album and this will appeal to newer fans who would like to get a bite on old school metal style. It is worth picking up this CD and listening!!!