Funeral
Tragedies


4.5
superb

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
September 26th, 2008 | 45 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A seminal doom album.

Oh how far they’ve come. After having listened to the latest Funeral album several times in order to review it, Tragedies seems an eon away. Before they became rather mediocre, Funeral were a funeral doom band, obviously, and are considered by some as one of the pioneering acts of funeral doom. On top of that, their influence on the whole ‘gothic’ genre is profound; the melodic nature of Tragedies-era Funeral’s sound, coupled with the extensive use of operatic vocals, was relatively ahead of its time. What can I say about the album? Opener ‘Taarene’ opens slowly with a soft, acoustic ditty, before the fuzzy guitars flood the scene and the album lurches to a start. The track is an excellent way to begin, and one of the strongest points of the album. Unfortunately, later tracks become somewhat dreary, but the very satisfactory formula the band use on the album remains constant and as a whole, the album is outstanding.

A graceful sense of control is exhibited on Tragedies; every note and melody feels in place, and fluidly winds through the entire album. Acoustic interludes are sprinkled throughout the 5 tracks, and further the finesse and grandeur of the album. There is a rustic feel to it, greatly contributed to by the production, which is typical of its time. A great portion of the album’s strength is derived from the interplay between the two vocalists; the morose operatic vocals are spectacular alongside the gutturals. Unfortunately, the gutturals did feel a bit weak at some points, but this certainly didn’t detract from the album; moments like when we’re first introduced to them a little bit into ‘Taarene’ sound absolutely crushing. What probably makes the album is definitely its direction of melody; there is an absence of really heavy moments on Tragedies, in favour of a more despondent and bleak vibe. Ultimately, this is what separates this album from the doom of the mid-90s, leaving it not only as a superb doom album, but also a highly influential one.

Funeral try their very best to keep Tragedies fresh during its one hour length, but admittedly some parts drag a little. In an environment where you’re completely absorbed into the album, it probably doesn’t make that much of a difference, but the latter half of the album, more notably ‘When Nightfall Clasps’, feels noticeably bloated and somewhat undermines the album’s full effect. Funeral realize this and minimize the monotony a great deal with some interesting and rather favorable choices; several tracks contain lead guitar breaks, not exactly as you would expect seeing as this is a doom album, but they are executed rather well. The best example can be found on the track ‘Taarene’, which as mentioned before, is arguably the album’s strongest point. Tragedies, simply put, is a great album to listen to. It’s melancholic, melodic and very cohesive; one of those albums that was, and still is, considered a ‘great’ in regards to doom. As much as they’ve gone downhill now, Tragedies is a seminal doom album, and exemplifies the usual tenets of the genre superbly. Highly recommended.



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rasputin
September 26th 2008


14544 Comments


Wrote this up rather quickly, probably not my best. Fantastic album though.

charlesfishtitz
September 26th 2008


784 Comments


album slays



reading reviewThis Message Edited On 09.26.08

rasputin
September 26th 2008


14544 Comments


Rating, old chap?

charlesfishtitz
September 26th 2008


784 Comments


4 to 4.5

bastard
September 26th 2008


3435 Comments


Just seconds ago on the forums you were talking about rushing this review. Still, really nice work.This Message Edited On 09.26.08

rasputin
September 26th 2008


14544 Comments


Well it's only 500 words and I had most of already written when I made that comment, was just finishing it off.

bastard
September 26th 2008


3435 Comments


About a good third of my reviews are around that length. This Message Edited On 09.26.08

rasputin
September 26th 2008


14544 Comments


Who negged?

charlesfishtitz
September 26th 2008


784 Comments


not me.

anyway.
[quote=rasputin]the morose operatic vocals are spectacular alongside the gutturals. Unfortunately, the gutturals did...[/quote]

this needs fixin or something. it's weird

fireaboveicebelow
September 26th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

couldn't get into this both times I tried

charlesfishtitz
September 26th 2008


784 Comments


why, you gay?

fireaboveicebelow
September 26th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yup

bastard
September 26th 2008


3435 Comments


nvm him, he never grew into OK Computer.

fireaboveicebelow
September 26th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is better than anything radiohead has done

the review isn't your best but it's still good enough, to me your review gives off a '4' vibeThis Message Edited On 09.26.08

charlesfishtitz
September 26th 2008


784 Comments


[quote=you] during it’s one hour length[/quote]

take out apostrophe in it's.

Funeral were a funeral doom band


reads awkward. could just be me though.


yer intro is bugging me the more i read it.

p.s. where you at dawg?

BallsToTheWall
September 26th 2008


44388 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Doom has rapidly declined on me, although not as much as power metal did but it's getting close. Nice review again, i'll pos and yeah, I think all us metallers witnessed drive by neggings on several occasions. I'm contemplating checking this out since I liked In Fields but i'm not certain yet.

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rasputin
September 26th 2008


14544 Comments


This is different from any sort of new Funeral. If you ever checked out that other band I reviewed, Consummatum Est, but couldn't stand the distorted vocals, then you'd like this.

BallsToTheWall
September 26th 2008


44388 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't find any songs off last fm so i'll investigate further tomorrow. Consumation didn't really float my boat. unfortunately. When I listen to doom, I want to hear some well constructed riffs so I hope this doesn't dissapoint.

rasputin
September 26th 2008


14544 Comments


Yeah this is a lot more guitar orientated than Consummatum Est.

marksellsuswallets
September 26th 2008


4848 Comments


Review isn't poopty :thumb:



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