Death Metal in its Most Primal, and Uncorrupted State
So I know I had originally set out to do a track by track review but after looking into it further, it’s only going to detract from the album for me to review it that way. Funeral Twilight Begins with “Your Grave” featuring fast paced, searing intensity, Schuldiner-esque tremolo picking, gratuitous use of the ride cymbal, and powerful vocal work, separated by a lengthy and articulate guitar solo. Going into the title track, it became evident that the frenzied pace would not let up. The entire release is reminiscent of Death’s spiritual healing era. There’s a sort of grittiness and unrefined edge present throughout the recording, giving it a more authentic live feel. Elizabeth’s vocals were nothing short of spectacular throughout the release, she skillfully tore through the mix with her enraged roars and primal gutturals.
Who will enjoy this album? By the end of this sentence it will have been my third reference to them, but fans of Death’s early work will find an eerie similarity to their playing and vocal style within Funeral Twilight and for those who would call it an exaggeration, compare “Living Monstrosity” from the Spiritual Healing album to “Your Grave” the first track of Funeral Twilight. Any lifelong death metal fanatic should experience a sense of nostalgia upon giving this album a turn, as it captures a death metal style that is incredibly faithful to the developmental stages of the genre. This album is a must have for any death metal purist, plain and simple.
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