“The Sleep of Morbid Dreams”
Cyclone Empire

With the current state of death metal, faith is being lost in American bands. Reopening old wounds, new scars appear with Funebrarum, casting down the virgin masses of weak death-core, inviting haunting images from the past to permeate the US scene. It’s exactly how this American testament to Swedish death metal should be described, as it’s a fresh take on an old genre. On “The Sleep of Morbid Dreams,” a tale of godforsaken gore and afterlife annihilation is woven with old school death metal string that’s been sitting on the shelf for over eight years. “Beneath the Columns of Abandoned Gods” saw them ghoulishly active and forming almost a decade ago and since then they’ve become a cult sensation. Brought back from the dead, Funebrarum are here to drink deep of your blood with their second album of sadomasochistic death metal.

“Perish Beneath” and “Grave Reaper” start things off in total bludgeoning blasphemy. It’s not as lively as the rest of the album, but has enough low-tuned notes to get things moving from the hard-hitting musicianship. Then, “Beyond Recognition” and “Cursed Eternity” ensure a bar-gripping ride straight through the Swedish extreme metal scene, circa 1988. Daryl Kahan’s vocals sound like Dying Fetus meets Morbid Angel. The music can probably also be described in somewhat of the same way, especially prevalent on “Among the Exiled.” It has that brutal death power, but doesn't sound cheesy or boring. The music is frenetic like “Altars of Madness,” but has its moments of “Domination” down-time.

A track like “Nex Momentum” stands tall at about eight and a half minutes of victimizing virtuosos. Amongst the trendy young bands, something like this would scream “filler bluesy scales! Filler bluesy scales!” Funebrarum shell out ammunition of another kind, though; bigger and more blasting. “Nex Momentum” can be summed up in two words; crushingly eighties.
The one downfall of Funebrarum is that their music doesn’t come off as being all too original to many. They’re definitely not a copycat band, but shouldn’t have waited so long to release the new album, as it seems, other acts have beat them to the punch. While the approach is nothing new, that old saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies here. You’re not getting anything you haven’t heard before on “The Sleep of Morbid Dreams,” but if this is your genre, I guarantee you enjoyed it when you heard it and will enjoy it yet again with Funebrarum.