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Funeral

Known for their pessimistic outlook and their dark, brooding, morbid lyrics, Funeral have been closely identified with the European school of doom metal and are also quite relevant to gothic metal. The Norwegian band's approach to doom metal is not as Black Sabbath-obsessed as Candlemass (one of doom metal's pioneers) or the underground agitators Grief; their musical perspective is much more gothic, and the European outfits that Funeral (not to be confused with an early-'80s band that had the same name) have been compared to the most include Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and Anathema. Comparisons to Theatre of Tragedy and Lacuna Coil have also been made.

Funeral's original lineup was formed in 1991 and included drummer/guitarist Anders Eek and guitarist Thomas Angell. Bassist Einar Frederiksen, formerly of a thrash metal outfit called Anti-Chord, joined Funeral in 1993, when they recorded their first demo, Tristesse; that demo employed Eek on drums, vocals and guitar, Angell on guitar and Frederiksen (b. 1973, d. 2003) on bass and vocals. Later that year, guitarist Christian Loos was added to the lineup -- and in 1994, Funeral hired female vocalist Toril Snyen to sing lead. Snyen was heard on Funeral's next demo, Beyond All Sunsets, as well as their first full-length album, Tragedies, which was released by Arctic Serenades (a small Norwegian label). Snyen ended up being fired, and from the mid-'90s to the early 2000s, Funeral went through more than their share of lineup changes. Another female lead singer, Sara Eick, was hired in 1997, but she quit the band after several months and was replaced by yet another female lead singer, Hanne Hukkelberg (b. 1979, Oslo, Norway) in 1998 (Hukkelberg went on to record as a solo artist after leaving Funeral). In the early 2000s, founding member Angell left and was replaced by Idar Burheim (who later left Funeral for the Norwegian black metal band 1349 and started calling himself Archaon). For Funeral, some tragic events in the early 2000s mirrored the sorrowful, depressing nature of their lyrics. The first major tragedy that Funeral suffered came when longtime bassist Frederiksen committed suicide in 2003, ten years after he had joined the band. After Frederiksen's death, Funeral were inactive for about a year and a half; some fans feared that the band would dissolve. But in 2004, Funeral decided to carry on, and their first post-Frederiksen lineup included Eek on drums, Loos on guitar, Frode Forsmo (who has also performed with the band Minas Tirith) on lead vocals, Jon Borgerud on keyboards and Kjetil Ottersen (who had been playing keyboards for Funeral) on guitar. Then, in 2006, another tragedy occurred when Loos was found dead in his home. But Funeral kept going and recorded their album, From These Wounds, which included Eek, Forsmo, Ottersen and guitarist Mats Lerberg. Candlelight released From These Wounds in the United States in March 2007. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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I sure do like good doom
burbtum
red moon over and over...thank you the north
Love them, since their humble beginning in black metal. They really have polished their sound. As the Light Does the Shadow followed, equally, if not better, if you can imagine that. Latest: To Mourn is a Virtue, is again, excellently produced.
Woot! Another band to add to my ever-growing collection. ^^
these guys are like drone metal on steroids
From These Wounds has no peak or pinnacle so to speak. Every song is amazing. Each song is as excellent as the last and you find new favorite segments of each song every time you pop this album in. I can't speak any more highly about this album. If anyone knows of a funeral album or even a song that compares to this album, let me know... I havent found better material by these guys.
Ehhh. unfortunatel y , none of their older stuff, nor newer stuff for that matter, compares to this magnificient album right here. From These Wounds is Funeral's masterpiece.
Damn straight. Red Moon is probably one of the most amazing gothic metal songs of all time. Also good luck finding their older stuff. I can't seem to find it anywhere legally.
mortisdracon i s
Just found this band and WOW. Holy hell it's so depressing and AMAZING. Now I gotta check out their older stuff.
Out of all their albums this one shines the greatest. In my opinion this album puts them at the top of Doom Metal's lists. This band has it all: depressing lyrics, slow drudging just everything. Look no further for one of the best Doom Metals works of all time. (I actually do love these guys that much, this album is that powerful for me).
vyclur
This is definitely how Dark metal is done.
This band is f**king awesome, and where is the new album, it's been out for a few years now, c'mon Pandora!
Today is the first time I've heard this band. I can't believe they slipped under my radar for 20 years! Not sure about the rest of their stuff, but 'From These Wounds' is beyond awesome.
Dark, gothic, beautiful, tragic, intense, and above all, a deserved sorrow that not many other bands can touch. Their vocalist is so intese and haunting, not many can touch his haunting pure black vocals. This is the beauty of metal that no other genre can ever hope to touch. Also notice that there are no negative comments on this band? That's just how good they are.
thank u punk guy with the stars in his eyes for getting me into them

they are f**king amazing
This is the s**t, it's so brooding and so tragic and yet it's not cliche. F**king amazing band.
Whoa i've never really been into the gothic/doom metal genre but man these guys got me into them. The vocals are very good and they manage to put in symphonic elements slightly but very well done. Yes from what I have heard they are missing their earlier albums and I would very much like to hear them. Awesome band very glad I have found them.
edominguez10 1 3
Wow is right, I never heard of this band before and from the couple of songs I've heard I'm definitely gonna have to hear more.
What a great norwegian band! I love the vocals and their distinct sound! Goth-Ann got it right; bloody awesome! (WOW WOW WOW!!!)
WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!! You ain't a kiddin'!!! Bloody awesome!
acaciamariep f g r l
Wow! This is an awesome band! Their album "From These Wounds" is excellent, although you guys should put their earlier albums on here as well! I love Frode's haunting vocals in "Red Moon" and "Architectur e of Loss"

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