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Feretrum - In the Eternal World

Feretrum - In the Eternal World - 89%

Edmund Sackbauer, April 17th, 2021
Written based on this version: 2019, CD, Independent (Limited edition)

While not as huge or hyped as several other local scenes Hungary has to offer some very interesting bands. While some like Hænesy or WitcheR offer a more atmospheric and often laid-back approach their fellow countrymen from Feretrum deliver a very pure and raw kind of no-nonsense black metal. Having been formed in 2016 they have so far releases one demo, one split and the full length “In the Eternal World” which is subject to this review. If you are looking for any kind of experiments or progressive elements you have probably come to the wrong place, as this album includes 40 minutes of rough and dirty first wave battering for fans of the pure underground.

The first thing I came to notice when the first song started toplay is the pretty raw and basic nature of the sound. The production screams early nineties, with especially the drums having this typical slightly steely tone, and the hi-hats offering a toxic and hissing signature. The guitar work is solid, and the often monotonous and stoic main chords are accompanied by some nicely done lead harmonies. There are not so many typical tremolo passages, more single accords which have been chosen with care. Overall there is no real instrumental firework to be found here, everything is pretty basic and unfiltered with each of the songs following similar patterns.

That is not to say that the instrumentation here is lackluster, not at all. The playing is tight and on point, and so is the songwriting. The feel of the whole record is rather hostile and misanthropic, which is well compensated by the melancholy emitted from the other side. Tempo variations are thrown in at times, but more often than not the riffs offer only subtle alternations. This leads to the effect that one riff is bleeding into the next one, with certain pieces repeated all over again, often with some smaller adoptions. This also proves that the rhythmic content is well structured and properly performed, and while overall there is a certain monotony inherent in this album, the songs fly by and are real fun. On top of the harsh guitars and the raw drum parts the vocals present one of the highlights here, coming with an extra portion of ancient evilness. There is a frightening power inherit, perfectly fitting the eerie atmosphere.

The production is rough, and some might argue maybe too rough and not refined enough, but purists should be happy about it. This is still way above lo-fi or garage sound, and I for one think that “In the Eternal World” comes with enough punch and grit for every fan of this kind of frosty old school music. If you are searching for something with more polish and a more modern sound you might be better off looking elsewhere. Worth mentioning is also the great cover by Hungarian artist Anvil Kvlt, so this would surely also look nice on a shirt. So have Feretrum done anything better than any of his peers? Most certainly not, as it is pretty difficult to stick out with this kind of music. Is this album competently played, fun to listen to and therefore worth adding to the collection? Hell yes. An easy recommendation for fans of this style.