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- October 29th 2021
- 1st press / 500 copies
French doom/death band Funeralium, who was founded in 2003 by the members of Ataraxie. In Autumn of 2021, they unleash their 4th album into this world of hopelessness. The conceppt of the album "Decrepit" was born in 2019. Mankind is getting closer to closer to its own demise destroying their own habitat - mother earth. But by the disappearance of mankind, earth would be finally free. As if it became true, in 2020 the world was forced to be into chaos by the pandemic. They wrote down the story of this decrepit earth on the dark and doomed sonic waves...
3. The Lunatic Escalation Towards Extinction
4. The Terminal Purge
Funeralium (Funeral + Valium) was founded in June 2003 by Marquis from Ataraxie who wanted to express his own vision about extreme doom. At that time, his most influential bands were Bethlehem, Saint Vitus, Black Sabbath, Cathedral, Abruptum and Burning Witch.... Berserk (also member of Ataraxie) joined Funeralium soon after with Ys and Toxine from Heol Telwen who were also enthusiastic about that project... Funeralium describes their style as "ultra sick doom" i.e. raw extreme doom with bleak atmospheres, torturous vokills and lots of old school metal elements.
September 2003 the first rehearsals started and they began to work on the following tracks "Transcendance N°26" and "Funeralium"... In March 2004 they were offered a deal to release their first demo on the underground metal label "BANG OR BE BANGED!!". One month later they recorded that demo at the nekrodoom studio and they decided to call it "ultra sick doom". They did that to honour german sick gods Bethlehem which gave the name of the genre that they founded ie "dark metal" by releasing "dark metal" album... So "Ultra Sick Doom" was released in June 2004 and that demo received great feedbacks from all the underground metal community. Soon after, the first gigs began and they were given the opportunity to take part to several gigs and festivals accross France, Holland and Belgium.
Between, 2004 and 2006 they rehearsed harder to be able to record a first album later. The following tracks were composed :"Let people die", "Light Crisis", "Nearly the end", "First symptoms"... In 2006, TotalRust from Israel and Ostra records offered deals to release the their first album in CD and DLP formats. Recording took place at two different studios (nekrodoom & Solid Studio) during summer 2006. Yet, because of several misfortunes, mixing/mastering suffered from a huge delay and painly took place in 2007 at the Walnut groove studio…
Funeralium's 1st album “Funeralium” was finally released by Totalrust during Summer 2007 in CD format. DLP format was released later in 2007 by Ostra Records. One more time, it received great feedbacks from all the metal community. Unfortunatly, several problems brought a total chaos within the band. Band's activity totally stopped during several months and all these problem lead to the departure of Ys... their former drummer. Finally, Funeralium arose in February 2008. A.D. K'shon replaced Ys... and Asmael Lebouc joined the band a second bass player/vokillist.
2010, with CharlesWard on 2nd bass, the band is composing its 2nd album...In 2012 the 88 minutes monolith “Deceived Idealism” is recorded & mixed by KK (Huata, Abjvration, Subterraen) at his WORSHIP STUDIO. It is released on WEIRD TRUTH on CD and a few months later Ostra Records for the DLP. A limited & deluxe 3 LPs version with backpatch is also released. The 3rd LP features the infamous demo tape “Ultra Sick Doom” reissued on wax! This will allow the band to perform live in many festivals & gigs in Europe, hitting Holland, Germany, Portugal, England, Belgium and Denmark. Crushing and mesmerizing the audience every time. In the meantime the band is also composing new material for its 3rd album.
2016 they are back to the Studio to unleash “Of Throes & Blight”. Recorded partly at the revamped Nekro Doom Studio, it is mixed by S. Biguet at his Retro Sound Studio. Eager to drive yet another big nasty rusty nail in the coffin of Doom Metal. Treading the same paths taken since “Deceived Idealism”, the band explores further and refines its unique blend of Doom, Death and Black Metal, proposing a music which goes way beyond (and below) the limits of Doom and Funeral Doom in particular. The music is “richer” than before, with frantic parts of blast beats and neckbreaking mid-tempo parts. At the end of that recording, ADK'SHN bade the band farewell and decided to put an end to his musical endeavours as a whole. That 3rd album of Funeralium is his musical testament. Soon after, the mysterious RAEV, with ties in the Experimental/Dark Ambient scence, joins the band. It is a perfect match.
2017 After the release of “Of Throes & Blight”., FUNERALIUM were eager to play live as much as possible to crush the souls & smash the hopes of the happy few who would dare to witness and endure their live performances. From 2017 to 2019 they played in several festivals in Europe, in particular Germany, Holland, Belgium and, of course France. Each time giving everything they had to deliver a radically intense performance without any compromises. Needless to say that in the meantime, as early as 2018, they were already starting to compose what would become DECREPIT. Wasting no time, taking no pauses, bleak & pummeling riffs were taking shapes and Marquis & Asmael got in tune to create the concept. They had come with the same approach, evolved in the same direction.
The concept of DECREPIT was born in 2019 as they were painfully aware of the hopelessness of the situation, how mankind is working tirelessly towards its own demise. Destroying diligently its own habitat and the habitat of all other species. But they also realized, with a sort of Twisted long-term optimism, that with the inevitable and near disappearance of mankind, the Earth would be free. The 2020 Pandemic only CONFIRMED these visions and cemented their certainty. It was strange to elaborate a concept that would be echoed dramatically a few months later. So it is during the Pandemic that FUNERALIUM went back to the studio, finding ways to record everything, step by step, in various places, with the many hindrances caused by the Pandemic.
This album was meticulously crafted in the following places:
• All drums takes recorded at Studio De La Harpe studio in July 2020 by Benjamin Leclère
• All guitar/bass takes recorded at Vault 92 studio from June to July 2020 by Berserk and reamped later in August at Studio De La Harpe by Benjamin Leclère & Sylvain Biguet
• All vocals takes recorded at Studio De La Harpe from August to September by Benjamin Leclère
All Mixing accomplished in October 2020 by Sylvain Biguet.
Mastering performed in October 2020 by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room.
All of it with the intent to obtain an organic, vibrant and harsh sound. At times clean & cold with razor-sharp arpeggios but neither polished nor soulless. Though constantly evolving in structures and style, the album is faithful to its Funeral Doom origins, with many twists & unexpected bursts. Once again Marquis went all-in with a gut-wrenching performance that leaves no one unscathed.
Determined to record a bleak, merciless and harsh album to accompany the global downfall. The perfect soundtrack to a historical pandemic that only forebears worse ones to come. That was only a warning.
Marquis (vocals, guitars).. Asmael Lebouc (bass, backing vocals).. Raev (drums).. CharlesWard (bass).. Berserk (guitars).
Trouble, Black Sabbath, Cathedral, Penance, Saint Vitus, Candlemass, Thergothon, Bethlehem, Celtic Frost, Hellhammer, Solitude Aeturnus, Abruptum, Darkthrone, Master's Hammer, Neurosis, Autopsy, Incantation, Burning Witch.
A filthy mixture of old school Doom, old Heavy Metal, Death Metal, Black Metal and Funeral Doom
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