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Feel the presence of evil - 88%

6CORPSE6GRINDER6, July 11th, 2018

Necromorbus (the drummer featured in the first Funeral Mist records) also manages a recording studio. Despite being recorded at that same place, the difference in terms of production between this EP and the previous demo is notable at first sight. The crudeness of old school black metal is still there, you have your wet and heavily distorted tube preamp gain and reverberations, but the guitar, bass and drum tracks have a lot more weight and are more convincing overall. Little studio fx details (a broken glass, some synthesizers, classical music samples, weird noises) are used to decorate the songs in specific parts and work very well, even if I'm not a fan of sounds not produced by guitars, bass, drums or vocals in metal. The recording and post production studio abilities went up on par with the drum playing, Necromorbus sounds amazing in this record.

The cymbal game is super clean and so are the tom fills, snare paradiddles, double bass and rhythmic patterns overall; everything oriented by the tension levels dictated by riffs, as it should be. These riffs are totally evil, tonal intervals are always super tense, giving that menacing traditional black metal edge to the ferocious drumming in the fast parts. The first song features an interesting chorus, a little bit more melodic and epic -the same goes for some riffsp on the song Funeral Mist, the only that features collaborations from other musicians in songwriting- that contrast the density of the rest of the album without losing intensity. Guitar playing is rather simple, fast tremolo parts and power chords. The bass just goes along with the riffs and can't be fully heard individually but gives the mix a surround feel, working perfectly. Vocals are Arioch’s strongest instrument, aside from being an excellent compositor. The versatility of changing rapidly between high pitched screams and weird, mysterious voices makes him one of the best vocalists in the genre.

Sadly the record is just 20 minutes long, it leaves you wanting some more. Re releases include the band's previous demo as bonus tracks, which is a nice feature as well. Overall this is a very strong album I would recommend to any black metal fan, because even if it's not the most eclectic and generic type of black metal; it is still relentless and aggressive, and the experimental and intriguing elements that distinct the band mix perfectly with the negative and obscure nature of the genre. Released in 1998, you can say this album is right on the edge between old school and modern tendencies in extreme metal. The concept of the band is extremely defined and well coined, pretty much what you can expect from a one man band.

Devilry - 85%

dismember_marcin, April 1st, 2017

Among all the black metal releases which I've heard in the very early 00's I think Funeral Mist came up with some of the best and most exceptional recordings. I truly love their "Salvation" LP, which for sure is among the most killer black metal records ever recorded. In 2005 Norma Evangelium Diaboli also released the "Devilry" MLP, originally put out in 1998 by Shadow Records, and this MLP also blew my head off. Obviously we all know that Arioch has also been Marduk's vocalist since 2004's "Plague Angel". This is one of the reasons why so many people compare both bands. If I had to do such a comparison, then let me say that I think Funeral Mist is the better band, since "Salvation" crushes most Legion-era Marduk records (like "La Grande Dance Macabre" for example) easily. And the fact is that Marduk's music got better only when Arioch joined them (and it started to sound a lot like Funeral Mist also, especially on "Rom 5:12"). So, we can compare both bands, it's natural, also because they both play Swedish black metal.

The "Devilry" MLP contains five killer tracks of malicious and possessed black metal played in very high tempo. Funeral Mist sounds incredibly hateful and evil, they have this sick, satanic aura in the music, which is almost overwhelming and you can sense that this is something serious, not a poser, childish game done for the purpose of having an off-school band. I love the powerful, intense sound of Funeral Mist's music, their fast and totally uncompromising, vicious songs. Even slower fragments will crush you into a smouldering pile. Arioch sounds like someone possessed and sick, his performance is absolutely amazing and does a lot of work for making the whole sound even better and more original. He's such a good vocalist and he also has a real gift for arranging his vocals in a unique and special way. I am sure that if you used this music with just another talentless vocalist, then "Devilry" wouldn't sound even half as good. You'll find here such killer anthems as "Nightside Phantom", "The God Supreme", "Funeral Mist", but all five tracks from "Devilry" are fantastic. And as I said, if you like Marduk, get this MLP, because it sounds even better. Way fuckin better! And the best thing about it is that even though the music sounds so intense and violent, it is somehow memorable and even catchy, so it will easily stick in your head.

The vinyl released by NOEVDIA also contains the first press LP only bonus song "Hellspell 2", which was recorded in 1998 and which obviously is also exceptional. But more so, you'll find here the entire "Havoc" demo from 1996. After some remastering, this demo sounds incredibly well and even if it can be seen as a bit poorer and rawer version of "Devilry" (it includes early versions of songs "Hellspell" and "Nightside Phantom"), it sounds great and strong anyway. More so, I am almost sure that there will be maniacs who will prefer this harsh production over the strong and relatively clean sound of "Devilry" or "Salvation". For me, it doesn't matter, the point is that Funeral Mist's music sounds always fantastic, doesn't matter if it's a demo or something else. The vinyl released by NOEVDIA has a proper presentation, killer photos, good layout, a poster... Definitely it's a must to have in a collection in my opinion.

Standout tracks: "Nightside Phantom", "The God Supreme", "Funeral Mist"
Final rate: 85/100

One of the better BM eps - 87%

Tharamyr, June 8th, 2004

In many respects this EP is like a mini-me Salvation. The riffs and drumming have the same feeling, the production is also vicious as fuck, the many samples are there, the overall progression follows the same idea and it even starts (noise + screaming) and ends (sample of classical music) the same way. So, this just has to rule, right?

It sure does! If anything, this sounds even more vicious than Salvation. Necromorbus’ drum assault is more pronounced in the mix. Arioch’s vocals sound very very demonic. (Though that’s due to the effects put on them. He’s cheating.) The songs are as good as any from Salvation...Ok maybe not as good as Circle of Eyes, but it’s close.

In short, if you liked Salvation, you’ll like this. The samples are a lot cheesier, there’s no real concept, and it’s way shorter (Half the number of songs, one third the length.) but it still destroys everything remotely similar to it.