Funeral Circle are a band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that plays a very traditional and old school form of doom metal and this is a review of their self titled 2013 album which was released by Shadow Kingdom Records.
"Scion Of Infinity" begins with some heavy and melodic guitar riffs/leads and drums and a minute later melodic clean singing vocals make their presence known as well as utilizing a brief use of aggressive elements.and after awhile another guitar solo kicks in as well as some powerful bass guitars and the leads start coming in and out of the song.
"Amaranthine (Wandering Dreamer)" begins with a mixture of electric and acoustic guitars along with some drums which then lead to some vocals and takes the music into a heavier direction but he acoustic guitars do return at times and after awhile there is a brief use of melodic guitar leads being utilized as well as coming in and out of the song along with some other solos being utilized and you can hear the bass guitars in the background.
"Corpus Of Dark Sorcery" begins with some melodic guitar leads and solos along with some powerful bass guitars and drums before going into some heavy and melodic guitar riffs which lead to some clean sections, melodic singing and whispers and after a few minutes another guitar solos starts kicking in.
"Tempus Edax Rerum" begins with some acoustic guitars that utilize both finger picking and full chords which lead to some spoken word parts.
"The Charnel God" begins with some dark synths which lead to some heavy guitar riffs and drums which lead to a brief use of demonic vocals that turn into melodic clean singing shortly after that and then the guitar riffing starts utilizing some melodic elements and then acoustic guitars start coming in and out of the song and as the song moves on it starts adding in guitar solos and leads in certain sections of the song.
"Black Colossus" begins with some distortion and heavy bass guitars which lead to the rhythm guitar riffs kicking in as well as some drums and then t he vocals make their presence known in the song and then guitar solos and leads start kicking in and out of the song along with some traditional metal style mid paced sections being utilized briefly.
"Obelisk" begins with some drum beats and after awhile rhythm and bass guitar riffs start making their way into the song along with some dark sounding melodies which lead to some acoustic guitars and vocals becoming a part of the song while also keeping around the heavier and dark elements and around the 5 minute mark guitar solos and leads start coming in and out of the song and the vocals start mixing in some aggressive elements and power metal screams in certain sections of the song.
Song lyrics cover occultism, anti christian and Lovecraft themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy, old school and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording along with some of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Funeral Circle are a very great sounding heavy and old school, traditional, epic doom metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Scion Of Infinity" "The Charnel God" and "Obelisk". RECOMMENDED BUY.