Funerary Call‎ – Fragments From The Aethyr

Funerary Call‎ – Fragments From The Aethyr CD Crucial Blast 2012

‘Fragments From The Aethyr’ is the third album I have heard from Funerary Call, and while this is a relatively recent recording (recorded 2010 and mixed in 2012), is quite stylistically different to the ritual dark ambience of ‘Nightside Emanations’, both in terms of sound and length of tracks.  Here the album consists of three lengthy tracks, the shortest nearly 10 minutes and the longest pushing 18 minutes.

‘Libation’ commences proceedings with a tense semi-orchestral tone of echoed drums and heavy echoed ambience, with the track propelled forwards but a prominent violin.   The sound however quickly amasses to a forceful sphere of grinding noise, sparse guitars and multi-tracked shrill violin strings, before falling away to the calmer concluding section of the track.  At this point I feel it necessary to highlight that the violin presented on ‘Fragments From The Aethyr’ has not been sampled nor synthesised, rather has been specifically recorded for this album, which certainly gives a unique edge.  Second piece ‘Fragments’ again utilises a wavering solo violin, yet overall has a contemporary composition / modern classical edge to its sound, albeit of a pretty dark and bleak variety.  As the track progresses and builds the instrumentation is accentuated by droning orchestral horns, backing electric guitar and booming kettle drums.  Third and final track ‘Transference from the Void’ pushes more towards the ritualised tone of ‘Nightside Emanations’: a sparse catacomb ambient soundscape with semi-chanted / semi-whispered disembodied and echoed voices which fill out a large part of the sound spectrum, with further scattered ritual percussive elements for good measure. Excellent to say the least.

Noting the more ritualised tone of the final track, I feel it is reasonable to view this album as sort of a logical precursor to what would follow on the subsequent ‘Nightside Emanations’ album.  Suitably aesthetic artwork from Australian artists Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule rounds out another interesting and worthy release from Funerary Call.

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