Media: LP Label : Iron Bonehead Press : IBP282LP - Greece Year : 2017
New or Used : original new
Kicking off Funeral Rite on Side A are FUNERAL STORM. Although brewing for the better part of the past 15 years, FUNERAL STORM's discography to date has been sparse but of uniformly high quality. Listening to the two tracks they contribute here is like being whisked away to 1994/1995, when Greek black metal's foremost pioneers - Rotting Christ, Varathron, Necromantia, Septic Flesh, and Nightfall - were all starting to spread their wings creatively and deliver triumphant, otherworldly art. Underlining those ancient ties are exclusive vocals by Varathron's Necroabyssious. The two tracks that CELESTIAL RITE contribute here, sadly, are the band's epitaph - but what a glorious epitaph they leave. Comparably aligned with FUNERAL STORM in their deeply seated, deeply studied iteration of classic Greek black metal - pulsing, mystical, muscular, dusky - CELESTIAL RITE weave a more occult fabric with Funeral Rite, and one shot through with a sort of melancholy, perhaps suggestive of the band's final days.