People like to say that heavy metal is not for everybody’s ears. Well! What about funeral doom metal? Most metalheads cannot listen to this kind of doom metal at all. As its name says, funeral doom is a slow-tempo gloomy subgenre, with characteristically long and atmospheric songs. Lyrical themes are like the most doom bands: sadness, loss, despair, etc. If you buy a funeral doom album with just one song on it, do not complain! Here are seven bands that will get you closer to this genre:
AHAB – probably the most popular doom band nowadays. The band was formed in 2004 in Germany. They like to say they are playing nautik funeral doom because main topics of their songs are tales from the oceans, like Moby Dick. If you really want to listen to funeral doom with powerful riffs you should listen to Ahab’s albums The Call of the Wretched Sea and The Divinity of Oceans.
SKEPTICISM – pioneers of funeral doom metal, formed in 1991 and located in Finland. Since the formation, they have been released five magnificent albums, which are known for its minimalistic covers. Songs of Skepticism are often atmospheric and ambient with long riffs and deep drums. It is perfect for those who like to listen to music while study or read.
RECLUSIAM – it’s one-man-band from Virginia, USA, and so far released only one record. Actually, Reclusiam gets me to this subgenre more than any other band. The composition called Parasellar still resonates in my ears and brain.
SKUMRING – this band from Norway is fronted by a female singer whose voice is so emotional and sad. Their one and only album called De Glemte Tider from 2005 is a variation of slow mourning melodies and hard riffs. Unfortunately, Skumring has not released any other record for almost 15 years, although it is still an active band.
THE HOWLING VOID – During a decade, this American one-man-band has released seven albums, of which Shadows over the Cosmos and The Womb beyond the World are utterly recommended for those who would like to hear something of funeral doom. Songs of The Howling Void may take you to the unknown dimension of echoes of the growling voice. And, pianos are carefully arranged.
COMATOSE VIGIL – was a trio from Moscow, Russia, who unfortunately split up in 2016. However, their music still lives through funeral doom lovers. Those songs of Comatose Vigil were paralyzing. A singer’s demonic voice did not let haven unrest. Not a Gleam of Hope was marked as their most listened record.
MISTRESS OF THE DEAD – emotional and sad songs composed by this one-man-band from Czechia really know how to get you down. Those songs are portraits of the dead. Song titles are a metaphor for long lost love and death. This band is all about love and grave. Beware of those sharp riffs.