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Review: Black Funeral - Empire Of Blood
Black Funeral
Empire Of Blood

Label: Full Moon Productions
Year released: 1998
Duration: 35:27
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: July 31, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Empire Of Blood

Rated 2.9/5 (58%) (10 Votes)

Total kvlt here. This is a diverting disc of Bathory worship from this US band. Even though this was released in '98, it still sounds pretty cool. I don't have a Hell of a lot to say about this one. It's raw and evil, has some cool riffs and some good shrieking vocals that are distorted into a total scream of torment. The lyrics are good, and the pic of the female vocalist (who doesn't have much to do vocally on here) was obviously included just because she's fucking hot. The band pretty much wallows in low-fi vampire masturbation, with not a trace of Cradle of Fags anywhere, so that's good. There's a hilarious 'manifesto' printed inside that starts out "Black Funeral is the incarnation of Death and Vampiric bloodlust" – somehow I doubt that sort of thing would be found in Indianapolis.

Grim, necro, evil, raw. This is everything underground Black Metalheads love, even the short songs and the iffy playing can't detract from how fun this is. What can you say about a band so kvlt they don't even list the full tracklist on the CD? You can't argue with that. Black Funeral get zero points for originality, but full marks for evil. Worth checking out for fans of the genre.

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