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Funeral Depression - Voices from the Sad Soul

A monotonous stripped-down DSBM debut - 70%

NausikaDalazBlindaz, February 11th, 2014

The debut recording from Polish depressive black metal act Funeral Depression, "Voices from the Sad Soul" certainly delivers on the sad side though there aren't any actual physical voices. Never mind! - the music provides all the "voices" needed: a whiny guitar buzz, half-hearted drumming, morose bass and washed-out keyboards. Titles like "Life in Depression", "Pain in Existence", "Suffering of My Heart and Soul" and "Weeping Hankering Sad Soul" underline the EP's theme in case we've not yet got the message.

The music has a fairly straightforward approach with repetitive riffs, percussion that sticks to the basic time-keeping duties and barely lifting its head above snail-pace, and plenty of space between and among the instrumentation. Bass guitar may take the lead melodic role as demonstrated on "Pain in Existence" which is an early highlight: shifts from black metal to solo acoustic guitar to an interplay between two repeating riff loops create and maintain a mournful mood.

A lethargic doomy fug engulfs later tracks with the pace slowing down more and riffs and melodies barely able to get out of bed. It's all they can do to mooch along. The introduction of a piano adds some interesting contrast with the droning guitar boom. The final track is a dark and foreboding piece with sinister guitar melody and warning synth tone in the distance. Again relentless repetition in a series of solo instrumental fragments, each barely overlapping with or linked to its fellows, is the order here. A definite atmosphere of lonely sadness and alienation is present throughout. This track is the most varied with a high-pitched lead guitar solo

It's just as well that this is a short recording as the music is monotonous as well as morose to the point where a listener could easily get fed up with the stubborn cantankerous determination to mope that seems to be present. For this reason, those listeners whose threshold for immersion through never-ending repetition is low might be advised to avoid this recording.

The outstanding aspect of this EP is the maintenance of a strong atmosphere of dark melancholy, isolation and sheer desolation right through the music. Something else that should be mentioned is the stripped-down minimalist style of the music with all instrumentation restricted to what is most essential for the melodies, riffs, beats and atmosphere.

FD man Belzebub has his heart set on pushing repetition and monotony to an extreme, as if to suggest that only by sheer endurance through black veils of depression we might find some break-through to an answer to the question of existence. Oh well, good luck to FD as it continues down its lonely road of existential anguish.