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Review: The Funeral Orchestra - We Are The End
The Funeral Orchestra
We Are The End

Label: Aftermath Music
Year released: 2003
Duration: 21:28
Tracks: 3
Genre: Funeral Doom

Rating: 4/5

Review online: July 5, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
We Are The End

Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)

This was the second demo released by The Funeral Orchestra before their deal with Aftermath music and the release of their full-length album "Feeding The Abyss". From the sound of things, I am going to have to get a hold of that one, as this is some excellent Doom. This was not actually released by Aftermath, but was rather a limited demo of only 56 copies, so bootleg is pretty much the only way to get one of these. I'm just listing Aftermath Music as their label because that's their current roost, and also as a shout-out to my bud Haavard Holm.

The four musicians involved here are nameless, calling themselves "Priest 1", "Priest 2" etc. We know one of them is Nicklas Rudolfsson of the awesome Runemagick – I'd guess Priest 1, as the vocals sound quite a bit like him. His songwriting style is also in evidence, as this is very similar to Runemagick's latest release "Envenom" – very slow and doomy stuff with excellent riffs. "Apocalyptic Trance Ritual" is the best song, with a hypnotic riff that justifies the title entirely. But all three of these songs are good, if not quite as memorable as the first.

The only place I have to dock any points here is really the short length, though you do get over 20 minutes out of three songs. As this was never really intended for wide release I suppose I can't fault them for that. This does just what a demo is supposed to do: it makes you want to hear more. So in that regard, "We Are The End" is a cool little underground doom jewel.

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Review: Feeding the Abyss (reviewed by Ktb)
Review: Feeding the Abyss (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
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