Funerary Descent are a band from Maryland that plays a mixture of atmospheric black metal, dark ambient, and doom and this is a review of their self titled and self released 2013 ep.
Song one "Funerary Descent" starts off with some avant garde sound effects before an ambient and atmospgeric sounding organ kicks inn setting up the atmosphere for the rest of the ep.
Song two "To Scour The Path Of Mortal Anguish" starts with some some drum programming before some darker sound effects start kicking in as well as the drum beats getting alot faster along with some dark ambient elements from the synths before slowing down to some heavy drone/noise elements while bringing back the faster drum machine parts to close off the song.
Song three "Chained To The Precipe" starts out with some slow doom drum programming, dark atmospheric sounds and grim sounding black metal screams which lead the guitars kicking in with some slow and melodic depressive black/doom metal riffs along with some heavy sounding bass guitar before speeding up and getting more aggressive and heavier, while slowly reverting back to the melodic doom shortly afterwords as well as doing the switch back and forth between being slow and fast for some time before closing the song with a slow and heavy bass line.
Song four "As Spirits Wander The Nether Plane" start out with a slow and heavy riff before the fast drum programming and grim sounding black metal screams kick in for a few seconds before going back to the slow black/doom parts while having some weird and dark sounding melodies in the riffing, then the music switches back and forth between being slow and fast for most of the minute then slowing for for good at the last minute of the song.
Song five "Nothingness" starts out with some atmospheric and dark ambient sounding synths being played at a slow pace for a minute then some heavy guitar distortion and black metal screams start kicking in along with some heavy drone/doom elements from the guitars along with some drum programming, remaining that way for a few minutes before the synths start kicking back in making the song sound more depressive and avant garde then the music switches back to being heavy black/doom metal with the grim sounding screams kicking in really hard before switching to the back and forth parts before going into a more black/drone direction until the end of the recording.
Song Lyrics cover dark themes with a touch of dying and the after life, while the production has a very dark, raw, heavy and primitive sound while you can still hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording with the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Funerary Descent are a very great sounding hybrid of atmospheric black metal, doom and drone and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Chained To The Precipe and "Nothingness". RECOMMENDED BUY.