Funeral Art are a duo from Guatemala that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of ambient black metal and funeral doom and this is a review of their 2016 compilation "Cultus Tenebrarum IX annorum" which was released by Prison Tatt Records.
Atmospheric synths start off the compilation and bring in elements of ambient while also bringing in a variety of many different sounding keys and they also mix in with the heavier sections of the music and the slow riffs are also very heavily influenced by funeral doom metal and most of the tracks a re very long and epic in length.
Operatic female vocals can be heard at times while the vocals also bring in a great amount of grim and depressive black metal screams and acoustic guitars along with pianos can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and when the music speeds up a small amount of programmed blast beats can be heard and when guitar leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion and there is also a brief use of spoken word parts on a couple of songs and saxophones and one track also brings in a small amount of demonic growls and operatic male vocals.
Funeral Art creates a compilation that mixes black metal, ambient, funeral doom and avant garde music to create something very original, the production sounds very dark while the lyrics are written in Spanish and cover darkness, night, witches, wishes and human problem themes.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding collection of songs from Funeral Art and if you are a fan of ambient black metal and funeral doom, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Abandoned" "La Belleza Occulta" "Viejo Bosque" and "Arcano II". 8 out of 10.