Funebrarum
The Sleep of Morbid Dreams


4.0
excellent

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (85 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2009 | 403 replies | 20,781 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Sleep of Death Metal Dreams

10 of 10 thought this review was well written

Over the course of the past year or so, you could say that death metal is making a strong comeback, not only back pedalling to its roots but also pumping out some of the best damn albums to ever hit the sub-genre. Funebrarum is just one of many to fall into this category, surely leaving this open to debate with many purists absolutely loving every moment of this revivalist movement versus the new breed of music listeners saying, “This is just rehash”. I almost feel the need to speak for the purists in saying that as long as metal is going strong, there will always be a need for bands to hark back to the good old days of the early 90s when death metal was at it’s peak throughout the brutal Florida scene and the creepy, claustrophobic atmosphere of the Scandinavian scene. Fortunately for Funebrarum, they sound as if they’ve been listening to death metal for the past 20 years and listening to their brand of death metal, you can clearly hear them borrowing generously from the old school and seamlessly mixing it up with a modern day touch.

And like a ferocious bear attack (or a great death metal album), this album just pummels you from start to finish. Judging by the range of death metal styles over the course of these seven monstrous tracks, you could swear that you received a history lesson of what these guys grew up on. Opener “Perish Beneath” is like listening to your favourite track from Like an Everflowing Stream with it’s muscular intro and then flying into a classic tremolo picked riff that makes you feel like your being torn apart, limb from limb. “Grave Reaper” is easily one of the best tracks on this album when it comes to showing off those rapid transitions in tempo, smushing you into pulp with frenzied blast beats and at the drop of a hat, switching into a groovy mid tempo rhythm overlaid with one of those creepy melodies that bands like Morbid Angel and the entire Scandinavian death metal scene were so damn good at. Album closers “Nex Monumentum” and “Among The Exiled” are among the best tracks on here with their elongated intros that simply build until the final knockout of sheer brutality.

With all of these comparisons, you must be asking yourself why this is a standout death metal album despite all of the comparisons. For starters, the production is air tight on here, allowing nothing but a howling barrage of gruff guitar riffs and clear-as-glass pounding rhythms to come screaming out of your speakers. Secondly, every track on here contains enough diversity and variation to keep those who may be afraid to venture too far into death metal territory interested for the duration of forty minutes. Thirdly, vocalist Daryl Kahan possesses one of the sickest voices in the entire genre. Listen to his mighty roar while he punishes the listener with his ‘coughing-up-blood’ growls that rumbles to the bottom depths of the ocean. Lastly, this type of throwback album is too hard to resist listening to, if not for its competent musicianship contained throughout than for it’s nostalgic purposes.

No doubt about it, Funebrarum are the true flag wavers of the old school death metal march and The Sleep of Morbid Dreams should put purists at ease. Once again getting back to my point of the need for throwback bands such as these, bands like Funebrarum exist because our metal universe needs them. We need them to teach the children who were born after the death metal mayhem in the early 90s what this scene was all about. But lest we forget, the people like ourselves who absolutely adore those old school bands, we also need bands like this to remind us of where our roots are on the metal map. Bands like this will never let us forget about how great it must have been to be in the thick of the early 90s death metal scene.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
FistfulOfSteel
November 2nd 2009



894 Comments


bad ass motha fuckin album

Wizard
November 2nd 2009



19308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

How hasn't this been reviewed yet seeing as this is one of the most important metal releases for 2009?

Digging: Downer - Downer

Wizard
November 2nd 2009



19308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Whoa, that was quick.

Si1v3RfaNg
November 2nd 2009



814 Comments


Awesome review dude, this album rapes small children.

Willie
Moderator
November 2nd 2009



15903 Comments


Excellent review. Can't say I'm too interested in old school death metal though ;)

Roach
November 2nd 2009



2149 Comments


Nice review Karl.

TricksterGRex
November 2nd 2009



2087 Comments


album destroys

Wizard
November 2nd 2009



19308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you fella's. Willie, you may find some interest in this if the production of old school death metal turned you off (I know you're a production kind of guy).

Relinquished
November 2nd 2009



24880 Comments


Awesome stuff. And I mean your review, can't say I heard this yet.

Wizard
November 2nd 2009



19308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Judging by your tastes Relinquised, you will find interest in this. Nice album dig as well.

Relinquished
November 2nd 2009



24880 Comments


When I find time I will hear this for sure. I had this dig for awhile, I should change it...

Willie
Moderator
November 2nd 2009



15903 Comments


Thank you fella's. Willie, you may find some interest in this if the production of old school death metal turned you off (I know you're a production kind of guy).
Man, you know what buttons to push... I'll check this out ;)

Oh, we got Crysis into Anacrusis' Manic Impressions today, and he usually hates thrash-influenced metal.

Relinquished
November 2nd 2009



24880 Comments


That's good news ;)

Wizard
November 2nd 2009



19308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hahahahaha that album and this are rocking my world right now. Consider this, all of your 5/5s are going to be looked into within the next year for sure.

Willie
Moderator
November 2nd 2009



15903 Comments


Cool. It shouldn't take you too long because most of my 5/5's aren't metal (I just looked and was actually surprised).

Wizard
November 2nd 2009



19308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't just listen to metal ya know hahahaha

Relinquished
November 2nd 2009



24880 Comments


Man, hearing Incineration of Mortal Flesh. Damn...

Wizard
November 2nd 2009



19308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You're just skimming the surface dude.

Relinquished
November 2nd 2009



24880 Comments


Need a jackhammer

Wizard
November 2nd 2009



19308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Needs a vacuum to suck up your remains.



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