Funeral Eclipse are a band from Illinois which is a side project of the members of Njiqahdda and Oaks Of Bethel with the music style being a more straight forward form of black metal than those other projects and this is a review of their 2013 compilation album which include's 2009's "As Years Pass" and 2011's "We Are Forgotten" which was released by EEE Recordings.
Song One "Dying" starts out with some heavy riffs and blast beats from the drums before the high pitched black metal screams start kicking in then the melodic riffing starts making it's way in adding a cold atmosphere to the song before going into a slower and heavier direction then back to the faster parts.
Song two "A Hymn For The Leper Act 1" starts out with a melodic guitar lead before the blast beats and heavy/fast riffs kick in while adding melody in the riffing before the grim screams start kicking inn with the song going for a slower and heavier approach then shift back to being fast again for a few seconds, as the song progress'es a slow doom metal riff makes it's arrival as well as some thrash style parts.
Song three "A Hymn For The Leper Act 2" starts out with a slow and heavy guitar rhythm before the drums and screams kick in along with some depressing dark melodies while staying in that direction for a few minutes before a heavy bass line and faster black metal style riffing makes their presence before shifting back to t he slower elements and closing the song.
Song four "Among Castles And Thrones.. We Are Forgotten" starts out with some fast drumming and primitive black metal riffs before the screams start kicking for a few seconds before going into a more slow and heavy direction as well as mixing in more melodic elements which close the song.
Song five "As Years Pass" starts out with a slow melodic riff before the drums kick in for a few seconds than the screams and fast black metal riffing kicks inn along with some heavy bass lines, then the song starts making switches between slow and fast throughout the song before closing with some clean playing.
Song six "In Absence Of Existence" starts out with some acoustic guitar playing which switches from finger picking and full chords before the blast beats, bass lines, heavy and fast black metal riffs along with the screams kick in with the song slowing evolving into a more slow and melodic direction while still going into the faster and melodic elements at times making a switch back and forth.
Song seven "Claws, Horns, Stars" starts off with a slow and dark melodic black metal riff before the screams kick in while staying in this direction for a few minutes when the clean playing starts to kick in along with some dark melodies and death metal growls that start mixing in with the screams and then the fast and melodic black metal riffing kicks in before the closing of the song.
Song Eight "Adrift Upon A Sea Of Ash" starts out with a slow and melodic black/death metal riffs before the bass playing starts getting heavy along with the screams kicking inn around the same time with the song staying in the same direction for 4 minutes when the mid paced parts start kicking inn along with some melodic guitar leads and screams that close the song and album.
In my opinion Funeral Eclipse are a very great sounding straight forward and melodic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dying" "Among Castles And Thrones" and "Clawas, Horns, Stars". RECOMMENDED BUY.