After being on hiatus for over ten years, Ohio’s own Funeral Pyre has returned, with a new lineup and a vengeance. Not to be confused with California’s melodic black metal act The Funeral Pyre, Funeral Pyre (originally Funepyre) started off as a black metal side project of the Cleveland death metal band Decrepit. The band has paired up with Ohio label, Dismal Records and is back in the studio recording.
Prior to reforming in 2012, the band released three demos. There is a definitive rawness to the first three demos that makes one think of first wave black metal giving birth to the second wave. There is a fine line between plain bad production and kvlt production. Funeral Pyre was teetering that narrow plank with the sound quality of the first three demos but upon reformation last year the production quality has improved immensely. While the sound quality remains kvlt, it seems the band understood the issue with the production since the 2012 release is a compilation of older tracks, rerecorded with the better sound quality.
Despite being an American band, the resonance is more reminiscent of Norway’s distinctive sound and Australia’s raw war metal atmosphere as the compilation is a bit of an amalgamation of Tsjuder and Blood Fire Death era Bathory with the melody of Taake and the rawness of early Destroyer 666. The band captures that late eighties/early nineties atmosphere well on tracks like I am the Black Priest, In Scorn Defeat and Beheaded at the Alter. Overall the compilation is a quality listen and I highly recommend it. We should expect new material from the band in the near future but until then join me in the fiery pits of Hell with Funeral Pyre. Happy Listening! Hails!