Album Review: Funeral Tears – Beyond the Horizon (Cimmerian Shade Recordings)


Beyond the Horizon is the third full-length album from Russia’s Funeral Tears. The album is out on April 13th 2017 via Satanath Records (Russia) & Cimmerian Shade Recordings (USA).

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The best way to describe the following 56 minutes is by using the word ‘depressing’. Funeral Tears’ new album, Beyond the Horizon is funeral doom. The most oppressive, dark & evil sounding stuff you might hear this year. It’s bloody fantastic.

After a soft intro, Close My Eyes lays it all out for you see. The blackest of riffs, the heaviest of bass lines, vocals that are so guttural & low it’s hard to believe they are coming out of the mouth of a human & an ear shattering drum beat. It’s hard to not become transfixed by what you’re hearing especially when a smallest bit of melody is added to the background.

As starts go it’s one that certainly grabs the attention & for the most part it holds it throughout. Songs like Dehiscing Emptiness & I Suffocate are are so bleak, so dark-fueled that it will feel like you’re filling up with an emptiness. It does begin to wear you down after a while though. It’s a very unique sounding album but with only 6 tracks most begin to drag on.

Often throughout Beyond the Horizon you’ll find what you remember most are moments. The haunting effect that sees out I Suffocate, the screeches that accompanies the flashes of intense heaviness of Beyond the Horizon & the epic-ness of the finale, Eternal Tranquillity.

The latter, with its 10+ minute finish, doesn’t break much new ground for the first few minutes but is worthy of note because of the subtle background tunes. It creates this feeling of growth, a feeling that we’re building to something spectacular. A drop into a soft guitar melody & bowel-shaking bass breaks the song apart well before it flows perfectly into a crushing metal finish.

It’s a great ending to an album that has much for you to smile about even if it leaves you in a black mood.

Funeral Tears – Beyond the Horizon Full Track Listing:

1. Close my Eyes
2. Breathe
3. Dehiscing Emptiness
4. I Suffocate
5. Beyond the Horizon
6. Eternal Tranquillity

You can find out more about Funeral Tears over on Bandcamp & Facebook.

Funeral Tears - Beyond the Horizon (Cimmerian Shade Recordings)
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