In the Swedish second wave of black metal world, there are those bands which grab all the limelight, Marduk, Dark Funeral and Watain, but beneath this veneer are Funeral Mist who are back for the first time since 2018’s ‘Hekatomb’ with their latest studio album ‘Deiform’.
For Funeral Mist to release an album of decent, proper old-school black metal is nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, when it comes to Funeral Mist releases, then ‘Deiform’ may arguably be the best release that Funeral Mist have ever delivered, clocking in at just over 50 minutes, ‘Deiform’ gets in and out without ever overstaying its welcome. This is all wrapped up within a stellar production where tracks such as ‘Twilight of the Flesh’, ‘Children of the Urn’ and ‘Hooks of Hunger’ have all the tremendous power of Marduk, Antaeus and Triumphator whilst also touching on Deathspell Omega which really does bring something different to the proceedings.
Yes, this means that there are the usual black metal sounds here, tremolo picking guitar riffs, pummelling blast beating drums and guttural shrieks from the harbingers of Hell themselves. However, this also means that there is nothing here that hasn’t been done before, but with ‘Deiform’, Funeral Mist do this bloody well and if you’re looking for an excellent black metal album, then look no further than this.
"an excellent black metal album"
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