Funeral Moth
The Moth Flying to the Funeral Sky


3.0
good

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
July 20th, 2008 | 13 replies | 7,006 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An underground Japanese funeral doom band with lots of potential.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Every time I think of the Japanese metal scene, I really find it hard to picture Japanese people with long hair, growling and head banging. I think it might have something to do with the already conceived stereotypes of Japanese people I have stored in my brain, and my idea of typical metalheads doesn’t really conform to that of the Japanese. Nonetheless, whenever I listen to any Japanese metal, I’m blown away; bands like Intestine Baalism (who happen to be one of my all-time favourites), Church of Misery and Sigh are just a small number of great bands that are coming out of Japan. Recently I've discovered a thriving doom scene in the midst of all that J-Pop. It's large enough to have attracted German band Worship there for a show, although this may also have something to do with the underground label Weird Truth Productions being based in Japan, who sign a large number of underground doom bands.. And from this I came across Funeral Moth. A funeral doom band formed in 2005, they released a two-track demo, The Moth Flying to the Funeral Sky, in 2006, which has been re-recorded as an EP and was released earlier this year.

The track ‘Ignorance’ begins with a sinister guitar lead over slow riffing, which is a style the band employs frequently. Rather than a ‘depressive’ approach to the genre like some other doom bands, Funeral Moth take a more aggressive initiative, but not necessarily by making the music heavy. The atmosphere is purely dark and evil, made up in part by the aforementioned lead guitar lines and the vocals. The vocal arrangements are odd to say the least; there are the usual growls, but in the second track ‘Depressive Dawn of a Dismal Misty Day’ faint clean voices can be heard, and the first track makes use of some very unusual sounding vocals. The vocalist in certain instances lets loose a maniacal laugh, which is not exactly as sinister as it may have intended to be, and his growls earlier on are a very unappealing combination of growling and mumbling, and quite frankly sounded ridiculous. Other than this though, the vocals are quite good, with throaty screams and low gutturals.

Production wise the album sounds a little murky. I find a lot of funeral doom bands’ early releases are like this, which is unfortunate, but can’t be helped. Certain bands even try to go for the murky sound, possibly in attempts to mimic Thergothon. The Moth Flying to the Funeral Sky is definitely not the worst I’ve heard, but I think the re-recorded EP would definitely be a step-up. Both tracks are quite good, and I’m anxious to hear any future releases from the band. Their song structuring is very solid, not leaving any moments in which the listener can get bored, which is becoming all too common in doom. I was very impressed with the soft interlude towards the end of the second track; it reminded me somewhat of a Worship track, and the crash of the cymbal just before the crushing riff comes in was impeccable. To be honest, The Moth Flying to the Funeral Sky is a good demo, much better than I had expected before listening, and the newly recorded EP most probably patches up any qualms I had with the production. Yet again, more proof that the Japanese scene is as good as it gets.



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rasputin
July 20th 2008



14512 Comments


qwertyThis Message Edited On 08.01.08

Pebster49
July 20th 2008



2991 Comments


lol, the first paragraph pretty much sums up what I think of Japenese people. Even when I seen them in concert, with the In Flames dvd I have, you see them smileing and clapping to heavy Metal when normal people would be headbanging or puting up horns.

Good review, i doubt I would like this though, taking Im not a huge fan of Sigh.This Message Edited On 07.20.08

rasputin
July 20th 2008



14512 Comments


Sigh are hardly doom, let alone funeral doom, Funeral Moth are absolutely nothing like Sigh. Sigh was mentioned merely as a reference to the entire Japanese metal scene.
But yeah, this isn't too accessible, so don't think it'd appeal to casual listeners. You listen to a fair bit of doom though, but I dunnoThis Message Edited On 07.20.08

Epilogue
July 20th 2008



1585 Comments


Good one rasp, mabey itll be a guide to how I'll write my Centurions Ghost review
I can deff. see Jap metallers, tho..

megadoomfurycrusher9
July 20th 2008



14 Comments


these guys are either really good are really gay

SHOOTME
July 20th 2008



2393 Comments


megadoom need grammar yes

HeadCharge123
July 20th 2008



475 Comments


I r knowz my grammar. I can help help him yes I him help.

SHOOTME
July 20th 2008



2393 Comments


Sorry for the spam i probably helped cause rasp.

Good review, you get my precious pos.

megadoomfurycrusher9
July 20th 2008



14 Comments


my friend has this CD

rasputin
July 20th 2008



14512 Comments



these guys are either really good are really gay

To be honest, I'd have to agree with you. I can see people thinking these guys are terrible, especially because of the first song. Some of the vocals, as mentioned in the review, are pretty laughable.

Pebster49
July 21st 2008



2991 Comments


They aren't that bad, its just they really don't offer anything new or very impressive to Funeral Doom. The vocals don't show up in the myspace songs, so I really can't judge that right now...I doubt I will get this.

rasputin
July 21st 2008



14512 Comments


Well there's a lot better doom out there anyway, I'm just keen on listening to every single one

rasputin
November 8th 2008



14512 Comments


Depressive Dawn of a Dismal Misty Day is way good.



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