Old Funeral
Devoured Carcass


3.0
good

Review

by Athom EMERITUS
March 11th, 2009 | 10 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Remembered for who they were, not what they did.

Formed in Bergen, Norway in 1988, Old Funeral are remembered not for the music that they created in their 5 year career, but as a starting point for some of the most well known names in Black Metal. Throughout the band's existence, a rotating cast of characters including Abboth and Demonaz of Immortal fame and convicted murderer and Burzum mastermind Varg Vikernes made up Old Funeral, although not at the same time. Abbath and Demonaz left Old Funeral in 1990 right before the addition of Varg Vikernes and the recording of the band's only official release, 1991's Devoured Carcass EP.

Despite their strong ties to the then burgeoning Norwegian Black Metal scene, the three songs contained on Devoured Carcass are pure unadulterated Death Metal. Veiled by a murky, less than adequate production, Varg Vikernes and Tore Bratseth's low, churning riffing takes its influence from the early releases of Morbid Angel and Carcass as it alternates from up-tempo tremolo picking to menacing power chord chug. The lead work is minimal, although on the EP's title track both Varg and Tore do their best Jeff Hanneman impersonations as they trade off solos. The muddied production makes drummer/vocalist Padden's deep, guttural growls seem even more ominous as he belches out such quality lyrics like “Impossible to stand the heat/ Ants begin to eat the meat/ Trunk-liquor dries in sores/ Unsupported on mothers floor”.

Old Funeral's 1991 release, Devoured Carcass provides an interesting glimpse into the musical evolution of Varg Vikernes. At twelve minutes long, there really isn't much to take in, but if you can make it through the album's sub-par production quality, Devoured Carcass offers a solid, albeit derivative listening experience.



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Willie
Moderator
March 11th 2009


17610 Comments


Well, shit. If this thing is only 12 minutes long than this is the perfect review length and is probably all I'd ever need to know. Since I don't really care about Immortal or Varg, I'll just pass on this.

Athom
Emeritus
March 11th 2009


17240 Comments


haha thanks. just a quick write up since the bastard just got released.

Willie
Moderator
March 11th 2009


17610 Comments


Well, the review came out fine as far as I can tell. I just can't listen to music with bad productions so even if this sounded interesting I probably wouldn't ever get to it.

xequalscore
March 11th 2009


437 Comments


Not a black metal fan though I may listen to this to see where they got their start.

foreverendeared
March 11th 2009


14677 Comments


Well, this certainly interests me greatly. Great review, I'll be checking this out if i can find it.

Athom
Emeritus
March 11th 2009


17240 Comments


let me know if you can, if not i'll hook you up over last.fm

bastard
March 11th 2009


3432 Comments


just a quick write up since the bastard just got released.


mmmmm

foreverendeared
March 11th 2009


14677 Comments


yeah i found it. thanks though! i'm digging it. i don't like the drumming very much but the rest is pretty ace

oltnabrick
April 19th 2013


36191 Comments


OMYGOD THIS IS SO HEAVY

Digging: Tomb Mold - Cerulean Salvation

oltnabrick
April 19th 2013


36191 Comments


lmao coo album



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