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Funus - Adrift Alone (2016) - Review

Band: Funus
Album title: Adrift Alone
Release date: 30 April 2016
Label: Self-Released

Tracklist:
1. A Mind To Break
2. My Hate For You
3. Rosefield Road
4. Adrift Alone
5. Grey Sun

Funus is a band hailing from the depths of The Netherlands and their music can be described as a dark atmospheric journey through the abyss, though quoted or referred as psychedelic doom this was just something I had to check out. Adrift Alone is their second full lenght after the self-titled debut which was released back in 2009. To describe the whole album is a bit tricky because there are so many influences implemented into it.

The first track named "A Mind To Break" has a very dark ambient feel to it, with that they top it with blistering double bass and furius vocals. The music stands on itself transporting the listeners into a trance of dark nightmares, the music plays a nice tribute to the dsbm scene despite the fact the band is nothing like a dsbm band instead of that they're building the song foundation on heavy drums and dark guitar tunes. Lyrical wise it's an interesting concept with story about loss and greif. The second track, "My Hate For You", however fits into the category doom and with slow paced glommy riffs they build up a solid wall of guitars.

The drums never really go outside its own structure of some typical doom bands, there are some tendencies to go wild and make groovy parts, but this drummer simply keeps its steady and slow, when needed it builds up the whole song giving it more depth... The album has a tone and structure which reminds of the erie cold atmosphere which reminds me to the older stuff of Shining.

The overall sound on on the album is most of all a nice blend of black metal and doom metal, really well mixed into the whole spectrum, partly it has that vibe of classic norwegian black metal sound while still keeping the style more doom oriented. Sometimes find it a bit hard to grasp everything, they do a hell of a good job making it all fit. The best way to sum up everything on this album is to say it's a dark morbid story that never ends raging up and down between the stages of grief, sorrow and depression. The album is a clear 6 out of 10 for me, I personally would like to hear slightly more doom orientation in it but hey these guy do a great job anyway and I recommend everyone to check out Funus if you are into black metal and doom in the vein of early Shining.

Review written by: Oliver
Rating: 6/10

Disclaimer: This is a guest review and it does not necessarily represent the point of view of the Terra Relicta staff.

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Band: Draconian
Album title: Sovran
Release date: 30 October 2015
Label: Napalm Records

Sovran is a proof that the combination of gothic metal and doom metal works out perfectly if you have top notch musicians performing and composing it. While the pace of the album is a bit slower and not so direct like on some of their previous albums, the whole gloomy atmosphere is outstanding, songs are catchy, flowing, dramatic and absolutely racked by melancholy. Most of the melodies are stunningly captivating, guitar sound is gentle and heavy at the same time, often we hear those typical slowly gliding evocative trademark Draconian lines and riffs which brings tears in the eye, the rhythmic line is crushing, just right to give that necessary dose of turbulent doom metal and slight aggression into these compositions. The multidimensional ambiance gets often fulfilled with obscure gothy symphonic synths which give to the songs such an unimaginable depth and rich sound. All of the songs on Sovran are nicely building up in atmosphere, there are so many layers and the one who would like to take everything this album offers should be concetrated on the music as much as possible, possibly setting up a perfect mood. Sovran is magical, soothing, melancholic and dreamy adventure, yet it is ponderous, powerful and heavy by partly remaining loyal to the formula from their debut album, Where Lovers Mourn (2003), where the band made a deviation from their early death/black metal days into a dark and doomy metal style which convinced fans of bands like My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost and early Anathema.

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