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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Funeral In Heaven/Shanthikarma/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2010 Live EP Review


  Funeral  In  Heaven  are  a  band  from  Sri  Lanka  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  sound  I  would  describe  as  being  ethnic  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2010  live  ep  "Shanthikarma"  which  was  released  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  some  tribal  sounding  percussion  work,  while  the  folk  instruments  bring  a  very  ethnic,  ritualistic  and  occult  sound  to  the  recording  when  they  are  utilized,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  occult  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  some  melody  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  at  times  as  well  as  some  soft  and  clean  playing  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  brief  use  of  deep  demonic  growls,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Sri  Lankian  Demonology,  Occultism,  Left  Hand  Path  and  Black  Witchcraft  themes,  as  for t he  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  with  all  of  the  songs  being  recorded  live.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Funeral  In  Heaven  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  primitive  ethnic  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Origins  Of  Evil[Abhaawaya]"  and  "The  Winds  Of  Uva[Wellasse  Hatana]".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

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