Funeral Art are a solo project 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 2015 album "La Belleza Oculta" which was released on cassette by Weakie Discs.
Ambient style keyboards start off the album and they also use a variety of many different sounding keys and after the intro the music retains its ambient elements while also adding in programmed beats along with some operatic female vocals and saxophones and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
After awhile guitars are added into the music and they start out using clean playing while also getting more distorted in some parts of the songs and bringing in more of a raw and melodic style of black metal that also uses a small amount of programmed beats and the first 2 main tracks have intros before them while the later closes with an outro.
As the album progresses grim black metal screams are added into certain sections of the recording and when guitar solos and leads are utilized they bring in a touch of post metal while also being very melodic at the same time to the songs and there is also a brief use of spoken word parts and the slower riffs also add some funeral doom influences in the songs when they are utilized and there are 2 bonus tracks with the first one being instrumental.
On this recording Funeral Art plays a musical style that is mostly rooted in dark ambient while also mixing in elements of depressive black metal and funeral doom along with some soprano vocals to create something very original, the production sounds very dark and r aw while the lyrics cover dark, occult, and witchcraft themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Funeral Art and if you are a fan of black metal, dark ambient and funeral doom, you should check out this cassette. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "La Belleza Oculta" and "Arcano I". 8 out of 10.