Funeral Presence
Achaitus
(2019)
Crank this to 7.4 of 11
Genre:
Black Metal, Hardcore
Sounds Like:
Death, Katatonia, Darkthrone
Thursday, May 30, 2019
An oboe solo followed by string/acoustic accompaniment followed by an onslaught of analog recorded percussion followed by muddled hardcore metal cries all set to distant fretwork melodies ala Samhain or early Katatonia... And you are thrust in the minds of Funeral Presence. New York’s experimental black metal and punk outfit cherish the true underground unpolished deep dive old-school craft. The sophomore release diligently plays homage to the early discovery of black metal. The elaborate and lengthy four tracks offer up quite a treat for the patient and nostalgic.

Track Listing:
1. Wherein Achatius is Awakened and Called Upon (12:40)
2. Wherein a Messenger of the Devil Appears (11:25)
3. Wherein Seven Celestial Beasts Are Revealed to Him (11:07)
4. Wherein Ahatius is Flogged to the Hills of Violation (13:18)

Standout Track:
"Wherein Seven Celestial Beasts Are Revealed to Him" blends acoustic and experimental rhythms morphing into wild tangents such as xylophone melodies. This track is a clear standout for its cleaner separation of instrumental and vocal work.

Adult Beverage Pairing:
We highly recommend you check-out Gun Hill Brewery out of the Bronx New York. Grab a Gun Hill Leisure Hour Belgian Strong Ale · 8.8% Belgian Strong Golden ale conditioned with Brett and Grapefruit. The follow up to last year’s Purgatory Power Hour with Thin Man Brewery, this Brett aged Belgian Golden Strong Ale dry hopped with Mosaic is Sweet tart fruity funkified fun. Mango, pineapple, kiwi, ruby red grapefruit, light leather. Well suited texture to pair with the gruff black metallic metal.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
6.9 out of 11

Captivation and Variety
7.4 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
8.3 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
7.2 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
6.9 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
7.0 out of 11

Contrast
7.1 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
9.2 out of 11

Production Value
5.3 out of 11

Final Thoughts:
We appreciate the diligence and steadfast sound of Funeral Presence. Achaitus is loaded with innovative riffs and dark reflective moments. While the abrasive vocals does have redundant and painful moments throughout this album, we appreciate the overall reflective aura that this album brings. Its a unique addition to your black metal collection and worth a few rotations for sure.

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