Funeral Hearse are a duo from Singapore that plays a musical style they describe as being apokalyptik extreme metal which is mostly rooted in raw black metal but also contains elements of doom, death metal and crust punk and this is a review of their 2017 ep "The Fist, The Spit, The Sword" which will be released in November by Redefining Darkness Records.
A very fast and raw sound starts off the ep along with a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats while the vocals are mostly grim yet high pitched black metal screams along with the music also bringing in a great amount of 90's second wave influences as well as adding in elements of crust punk and d beat.
While the music is mostly rooted in the past it still has a very modern feeling while some songs stick to strictly a very fast style and as the ep progresses a brief use of clean playing and whispered vocals can be heard while the slower sections of the music are very heavily influenced by doom metal.
One track also adds in a small amount of Gregorian chants along with some of the tracks also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while some of the riffs also bring in a small amount of melody and there is also a brief use of acoustic guitars and spoken vocals on a later track and female vocals along with stringed instruments are added onto the closing song.
Funeral Hearse plays a musical style that is mostly rooted in raw black metal while elements of doom, death metal and crust punk can also be heard at times, the production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover death, despair, war, apocalypse and dark religious mysticism themes.
In my opinion Funeral Hearse are a very great sounding raw black metal band with a touch of death, doom metal and crust punk and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this duo. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Palace Of Bones" "Master Judas Underground" and "Profanation". 8/5 out of 10.