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.
It continues to be no secret that Germany's Imperceptum is a recurring favorite within this column. The solo endeavor of Void successively releases top-notch blackened funeral doom with each effort. Yesterday came the reveal of his newest full-length record, Aeons of Saturnine Desolation. Much like Imperceptum's previous work; the music flows seamlessly between various tropes of black metal and funeral doom. "A Shattered Mind at the Edge of Reality" and the closing title track, for example, capture this fusion wonderfully. However, Void's abstract cosmosophy continues to pour through his all of his songs. This newest effort shows once again that Imperceptum is one of the most intriguing, relatively new talents in funeral doom.