Funeral Circle is metal band from Vancouver attempting resurrect the epic doom metal sound with their self-titled debut on Shadow Kingdom Records. Their doom is definitely more traditional and old school, tearing more than a few pages from the book of Candlemass.
As opposed to label mates Coven 13, Funeral Circle definitely delivers the slower tempo, down tuned, savagery one expects from the genre. That's not to say they can't get a little lively; they do so at the end of Amaranthine, by example.
They craft this monolithic doomish tapestry with an abundance of scratchy sandpaper riffage, which often comes across as mere distortion. The vocalist has the required deep creepy vocal style, the rhythm section basically chugs along like a locomotive pulling 100 cars of black coal. Here and there there's some spry and gloomy guitar leads, the aforementioned Amaranthine for the former, Obelisk for the latter. If you want deepest darkest of gloom and doom heavy metal, Obelisk is also your go to song. While not my 'go to' genre of heavy metal, I get what Funeral Circle is trying to do. But I think they need to spin some later Candlemass records to breathe some more life, no pun intended into their own. Yet, recommended if you're fond of the doom metal genre.
Vancouver's Funeral Circle is trying to revive classic epic doom metal; recommend to fans of the genre.
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