Funeral Mist
Hekatomb


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fernando Alves CONTRIBUTOR (64 Reviews)
June 5th, 2019 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Renewed blasphemies

Daniel Rosten, aka Arioch, is a well-known figure of the European black metal circuit, being the founder, multi-instrumentalist and singer of the Swedish blasphemers Funeral Mist and also frontman, since 2004, of the black metal legends Marduk. Formed in 1993, Funeral Mist had until 2018 in its repertoire, two full-length albums, three demos, one EP and a compilation boxset, which seems blatantly little for a twenty-five year career. However this latent lack of productivity and more mainstream exposure also helped to build a cult status around the band, that reached its peak with the band's debut Salvation that had a strong impact on the underground black metal community, being considered by many Funeral Mist's best work and one of the most emblematic black metal releases of the early '00s.

Nine years past Maranatha, the band's sophomore, Funeral Mist finally releases the long awaited third album Hekatomb. The question that seemed most pertinent was whether Arioch would keep the hyperactive, chaotic, heretical style of the previous albums, or whether he would step forward into a new blasphemous aesthetic.

It doesn't take long to realize where the answer lies. Since the very first moments of "In Nomine Domini", the album's opener, we sense a new creature in the darkness. Its ominous sinister intro unconsciously impels us to take a deep breath before falling into infernal turmoil. These early moments are the best introduction we could hope for, as they perfectly synthesize Hekatomb's aesthetic, clearly more polished than on previous albums. This polished darkness is ever-present, but it's also misleading, since its main function is to make the poisoned package more attractive to the senses, such as Pied Piper of Hamelin. Make no mistake, despite its more mature and cerebral approach, Hekatomb keeps the profane narrative of previous works intact, as we can confirm in "Naught but Death" through its ritualistic chanting or in the disrespectful and blasphemous "Cockatrice", which is easily one of the best songs the band has ever recorded. And since I'm individualizing, "Hosanna" also deserves special mention considering it's probably the maximum exponent of this fresh perspective, due to its addictively seductive chorus.

Hekatomb mirrors Arioch's renewed black metal aesthetic in all its disturbing splendor and will be remembered as one of the most interesting black metal albums of 2018.




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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2019


14544 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

One of my favorite albums of 2018.



If someone finds some grammatical errors or sentences that can be improved / optimized, please let me know, I'll fix it.

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metalhead2425
June 5th 2019


351 Comments


Nice review man. I haven't heard this since it came out, but I remember it riffing pretty hard.

necropig
June 5th 2019


6091 Comments


Been meaning to check this. Only tried salvation so far

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zaruyache
June 5th 2019


22682 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

absolvte black metal m/ m/ m/ m/

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2019


14544 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks metalhead.



Do it necropig, album rules and yeah, it’s absolute darkness zaruyache.





CaptainDooRight
June 6th 2019


4334 Comments


pos will check bro

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2019


14544 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks mate

Azog
June 6th 2019


342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best black metal album of 2018, hands down. Pos'd.

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2019


14544 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Agreed. Thanks Azog

necropig
June 6th 2019


6091 Comments


Kriegsmachine put out a good albvm last year too

budgie
June 6th 2019


20675 Comments


um posted on wrong thread delete this plsx

Hawks
June 8th 2019


73846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuckin nice bro. m/

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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2019


14544 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks bro m/



Album needs more hard m///



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