Written By: TIFFANY MITCHELL
Brutal Metal is the style, Funeral For The Masses has branded themselves to be consecrated upon. Hailing from Oulo, Finland, also home to the annual Air Guitar World Championship, these five guys have just self-released their debut album called Pitch Black. If you’re not into total ear mutilation, stop listening now. I can’t be held responsible for the punishing damage that will be inflicted upon you. If Deathcore is a dying genre, Pitch Black screams life back into it.
Opening track “Death Sentence” is ominously slow at the start, then atmospherically releases its fast fury till the last note. Following next is “F.F.T.M,” known to be the anthem song for the band. The words, heavy and brutal, might as well be kittens purring compared to the unleashing of this guttural assault. Keeping my finger off the pause button was an easy decision, as the transition into the third track “Blinded Eyes,” is downright dark and slowly menacing. At exactly two minutes and 23 seconds the breakdown hits like a freight train. The macabre sense you feel continues when fourth track, “Pitch Black” invades your mood, sending you deep into dark despair, laid heavy with five minutes of drag -you- back- to- hell intensity. It seems “Delusions” was constructed with the same dynamic, except murderously fast and featuring the only guitar solo on the album. The last song “Fallen Idol” adds a few surprised to the mix. The lyrics are inspired by Swedish extreme metal band, Meshuggah (The Violent Sleep Of Reason,) and also feature Jonne Soidinaho from the Finnish band Carnalation (Deathmask.) Showcasing what they do best, there is no illusion that FFTM is Brutal Metal to the core, and always leaving a taste to be desired.
Pitch Black, is too brutally delicious to keep all for yourself. Tell your friends and neighbors to stop messing around with that kiddie metal and turn this shit up.
Pitch Black: Funeral For The Masses
1. Death Sentence
3. Blinded Eyes
4. Pitch Black