Dark Funeral
Angelus Exuro pro Eternus


4.5
superb

Review

by OceanOfWisdom USER (7 Reviews)
November 20th, 2009 | 51 replies | 12,397 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More raw, dark, ....and diverse? Yeah, that's right....Soak in the goodness

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

I have been anticipating this album for quite some time now, (immediately beginning from their release of "Attera Totus Sanctus"), and I must say, for fans of this style of Black Metal: They DID NOT dissapoint, in any real sort of sense.

It's a good change from the ballistically fast "Attera Totus Sanctus", having selective songs that are purposefully slowed down. This is not to say that this necessarily takes away from their general musical direction OR their lyrical direction at all; if nothing else simply preps one for a darker listening experience, only to be suprised that when the aforementioned songs kick in to full speed, but suprisingly during which they seem to no longer abuse the blast beat that they are so notorious for.... Keeping in mind that being Dark Funeral, they DO still utilize the blast beat to an almost annoying end. But those notions are almost immediately dismissed when you begin to pay attention and realise how on-time they are AND not to mention keeping such great intensity while doing so at an insanely fast pace.

The guitar work is immediately recognizable as Dark Funeral upon first listen, having their signature Tremolo-Chords, which, for an experienced Dark Funeral listener can mean that this may come off as sounding as though it would be a boring and predictable listen; This is not so, as I can tell you (listening to it as I type this), this album came as a QUICK suprise through my first listen: Personally being most impressed right off the bat with 3 things:

Caligula's vocals - Much more raw and cold sounding than on prior records, making the entire listening experience much more engaging and somewhat chilling. As with one noted track "Demons of Five", Caligula takes an almost entirely new approach with the slower down-tempo beats and begins using rather impressively deep growls, seeming to emulate the Devil himself. Then starting from around the middle of the track goes back to the 'olde familiare' with the razor-sharp and crisp highs.

Guitar-Work in General - As stated before, predictable in that it is obviously Dark Funeral after the first 5 seconds, but Leads are FAR better and general composition is much darker and solid sounding. (i.e. They finally started working towards the band they have the potential to be). As with stated in the vocal part above ^^^, the guitar work on "Demons of Five" is notably impressive, having somewhat drony, almost melancholy, wailing leads going on in the background, over the dissonant and insanely reverbish rhythm riffs.

Drum-Work - Drums in general are mixed much better this time around, you can actually HEAR his blast beats and his Bass Head. He has obviously been practicing a lot since "Attera Totus Sanctus" because this time around when he gets fast, he gets REALLY fast. His hand-work is much more precise and thought-out, giving the overall feel of the album a much more structured sound. And his drum patterns and beats dont become somewhat repettitive and therefore boring, as all-too-many Black Metal albums seem to succumb to. This aside, I must admit his blast beats are quite impressive, being so well in-time and solid sounding, that his work could easily be passed off as a very expensive drum machine.

Overall: This album is very impressive from Dark Funeral. Very diverse (not exactly something they splurge on) for a very raw Black Metal band. But it would seem it was time for a change of pace for the Black Metal Titans, thankfully they did not fail to deliver. This is at present my 4th time listening to it without turning it off, which is a difficult thing for me to do, as I tend to get bored with music quickly.

I have to say I'm at the very least impressed with the approach they took with this album;

Not as straight forward and in-your-face as "Attera Totus Sanctus", but this album has a different quality that "Attera..." does not have: Subtlety. Yeah, I know - Also something Dark Funeral is not known for. But trust me on this one; "Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus" is indeed SOMEWHAT more subtle, but do not be fooled - They still quite easily retain the intensity and brutality they have always commanded, they just dont throw it up directly in your face as much as they did previously. This album is more subtle, but in that fact they have made it equally if not MORE evil and sadistic than anything they have EVER done before. This album makes you think. Flat out. It's an intelligent album if can look at it like that, one that retains great amounts of time and effort and thought in it's creation, and therefore demands great thought, consideration, and introspection (if you will) from the listener.

In my opinion: 4.5/5 - Not perfect, as I said before, the only real downside on this album is the guitar work and that is only in RARE parts in perhaps 1 or 2 songs at the most, where it is so painfully obvious that you are listening to Dark Funeral (their sound is literally unmistakable and has therefore become predictable in that sense). But honestly, other than that - This album is simply spectacular. - Raw, Fast, Relentless, Evil, and equally Heavy (which is something I've noticed is stangely not often said in the Black Metal world). I would recommend this to ANY fan of Black Metal in general, and especially the already DieHardened-fans of Dark Funeral, since for them, could either come across as the best Black Metal album of the Year, or a Blasphemous Shat-Encrusted Dirge upon the music scene.........which would be difficult for me to grasp if the latter were true.



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Zip
November 20th 2009



5312 Comments


sweeeeeeeet, will look into this

illmitch
November 20th 2009



5429 Comments


pretty good review, but band is so bad

jingledeath
November 20th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

have this in my download queue, will listen soon although i'm not expecting much

illmitch
November 20th 2009



5429 Comments


waiting for hawks to latch onto this

hipnotoad
November 20th 2009



207 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Glad someone reviewed this. I haven't been a DF fan in the past, but this album changed my opinion.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2009



16302 Comments


"My Funeral" was an ok song, pretty cliched and all but not completely terrible. I'll check this out but I'm with Jingle, not really expecting much.

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

Dethtrasher
November 20th 2009



2211 Comments


I saw a review of this album in the local newspaper with the same rating, I might check this out.

BallsToTheWall
November 20th 2009



44164 Comments


Your local newspaper covers black metal bands? WTF.

cvlts
November 20th 2009



8954 Comments


Dethtrasher aint american bro.

BallsToTheWall
November 20th 2009



44164 Comments


I was aware of that since 2007. Still, i'm jealous.

cvlts
November 20th 2009



8954 Comments


theres a couple zines in seattle that do sh*t like this... might get a hold of some.

oh yeah, great review. will prob give these guys a look, this a good album to start with?

pizzamachine
November 20th 2009



12571 Comments


Yah, you should start with this album unless you desipe satanic, brutal tech. death.

OceanOfWisdom
November 21st 2009



99 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, either this album or "Attera Totus Sanctus", both are VEHEMENTLY anti-christian, but still good



illmitch
November 21st 2009



5429 Comments


you would be better off starting out with an album not by dark funeral

OceanOfWisdom
November 21st 2009



99 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

And you would be better off not commenting on bands that dont interest you.

illmitch
November 22nd 2009



5429 Comments


i would be better off steering others away from the utter pile of shit that is dark funeral

Hockeytown
November 22nd 2009



101 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Solid stuff, seems to get bland/repetitive though.

OceanOfWisdom
November 22nd 2009



99 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

To IllMitch: HAHAHAHAHAHA! Dude listen to yourself - and then look at your musical tastes on your profile....I would expect NOTHING less than something like that from one as arrogant as yourself.

Gucci Mane?
Lady GaGa?

Give me a fucking break - at LEAST you like Agalloch; In which case they are awesome.

illmitch
November 22nd 2009



5429 Comments


To IllMitch: HAHAHAHAHAHA! Dude listen to yourself - and then look at your musical tastes on your profile....I would expect NOTHING less than something like that from one as arrogant as yourself.

Gucci Mane?
Lady GaGa?

Give me a fucking break - at LEAST you like Agalloch; In which case they are awesome.


loling so hard

userword needs to comment on this thread so he and oceanofwisdom can make out

Zoo
November 22nd 2009



3759 Comments


Solid review. I haven't heard this yet but I've never felt anything they've done was anything better than average. I'll give it a listen a some point though.



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