Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Funeral Age (Washington state, U.S.)

Funeral Age is an extreme metal band from the state of Washington. Metal Archives says that they are in Seattle. Below you will find a link to hear the music, as well as some official information and a review from Metal Archives.
OFFICIAL INFORMATION: Funeral Age was original formed as a Thrash Metal band under the name Suicide Culture in 1997 but changed to Funeral Age in 2003 and took a more Black/Death Metal approach. Bands we have opened for: Cannibal Corpse, Kreator, Vader, Decapitated, Exodus, Enthroned, Destroyer 666, Sadus, Impiety, Gravehill, The Accused, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Possessed, Marduk, 1349, Withered, Weapon, and more!
Fistful of Christ (2003)
Thy Martyrdom Come (2010)
REVIEW from Metal Archives:
Well this is a trip back in time. I reviewed Funeral Age's first disc, Fistful of Christ, back in 2003, in my first year as a reviewer here. I always tried to keep an eye out for more from them, but it seems this one slipped past me. Thy Martyrdom Come was released in 2010 on the band's own dime, and it took me a bit of work to get ahold of it.
This doesn't have the slick, well-produced gloss of a more expensive album, no clickety-click of gated drums and high-speed technicality. What this band does have is heaviness to spare, old-school conviction, and a sense of musicality that would shame many so-called melodic bands. These songs are long, complex without being busy, and filled with a flowing and addictive sense of melody and phrasing. This is one extreme band that does not suffer the delusion that playing death metal excuses them from real songwriting or from playing good riffs. Funeral Age never use speed or heaviness to cover up deficiencies, but rather as tools to accentuate and sharpen their compositions.
Also, this is a dirty, gear-grinding death metal album in the vein of Possessed or Krisiun, though with their sprawling musical complexity, this band reminds me more than a bit of The Chasm in their glory days of Conjuration of the Spectral Empire. Thy Martyrdom Come is just a feast of great riffs and melodies that never stops surprising me with its twists and turns. A truly great album.

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