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Funeral Horse – Divinity for the Wicked – Album Review

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Funeral Horse
Divinity for the Wicked
Artificial Head
Release Date: 15 September 2015
Review by Matt Bolton

From the opening of the record the band get into a fat riff and you know they didn’t come to fuck around. Just clocking in at just less than 40 minutes this is a display of some punk/hardcore influenced stoner metal that doesn’t let up. Opening track, There Shall Be Vultures has a rock ‘n’ roll feel to it and some flawless solos that stand out like a person not wearing black at a black metal gig.

The bass playing is in your face on second track, Underneath All That Ever Was, as it holds the band nicely together with a very droning riff and some hard-hitting drums. The singing, reminds me of the post-hardcore band Unsane. Ending with another nifty solo and some bluesy bass Funeral Horse can do no wrong. ‘A little bit of weed’ with an instrumental, titled nicely, remember this is stoner metal, and they do like their weed.

Gods of Savages is a favourite of mine as the band take up the tempo with some tight drum work and a riff that’ll keep your head-a-banging. Yigael’s Wall shows some Black Sabbath sounding vocals and spaced out riffs, which Toni Iommi would approve. Cities of the Red Night, which strangely reminds me of Jethro Tull with the use of the flute leads up to another favourite of mine, album closer, Gifts of Opium and Myrrh. The song chops and changes and the three-piece display how hard they can rock out. All good things must come to an end and the album finishes up nicely, with some bagpipes.

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