Friday, July 29, 2016
Transience begins with the title track's tranquil guitar notes that will remind listeners of current time Earth material. The guitar notes continue even as the distorted guitar strums and the rhythm section kicks in two minutes into the song. Vocals, while sparse throughout the album, are reminiscent of a person struggling to get out the words as they are on their death bed. Sustained guitar notes mixed in with the music further add to the long, agonizing struggle to tranquility. With a running time of over 21 minutes, the title track is a lot to take in, but given that the music offers little but an emptiness that one will eventually accept, it's a song that overthinking it would diminish the intended message here. "Lost" begins with guitar notes that drive home the feeling of loneliness for the listener, with a hint of low-end chanting in the band's native tongue thrown in for good measure. As a whole, there isn't much to Funeral Moth on the album unless you delve deep into the subtle changes within their sound, as well as the painstaking measures in which they play each note. In many ways, they're practically a simplified version of Earth.
Funeral Moth has been around for a decade, but have only gotten their act together to release albums in the last three years or so. The wait has been worth it so far, as they have come out with one of the more emotionally straining albums of 2016 in Transience. While the music may sound simple over the near 40 minutes it occupies, they have mastered the subtle changes that make the best funeral doom metal albums. Your full attention to detail is a must for maximum enjoyment, and it is available for your listening at their bandcamp site.