Finally, the weekend is upon us. What better way to kick it off than with the latest installment of "Funeral Doom Friday". For those who are new to this column; each week features a new or classic album from the realm of extreme doom. Much of funeral/death doom's might comes from an oppressive emotional weight and the use of death or black metal motifs (played at a trudging pace, of course.) Pioneers like Mournful Congregation, Evoken, and Esoteric have mastered this blend of dirge and destruction. For 25 years, they have methodically built compositions that stretch for dozens of minutes all while keeping fans enthralled. Time has elapsed since the days of Thergothon and much like the world around us, the genre has evolved. Today's modern bands contort the very construct of the genre, breeding darkly refreshing new work. Their work thankfully gives this column plenty of material to share.
"I don’t remember well the days I was writing the music and the words for this album but I can definitely say that my entire mood was completely devastating and for very strong reasons," She continued. "It is part of the human nature to look for hope into the sky through spiritualism and I happen to be one of them when I have bad days. But I must warn the listeners. This isn’t an album of hope but totally the opposite. Like Aeonian Sorrow's music, in general, is all about.”
Of course, grief and devastation surface throughout the record. It was the main motivation behind this project. It emanates from Melone's voice, lyrics, and keyboard. Grief pours from Taneli Jämsä's guitars; devastation erupts from Pyry Hanski and Saku Moilanen's low-end combination. Palpable sadness is a huge draw to this kind of music. The listener feels visceral emotion if it is done properly. Thankfully all of the early signs point to Aeonian Sorrow's mastery of this notion. It will be exciting to see where this band goes in the future.