Friday, July 29, 2016

Funeral Moth-Transience

Japan has had a fairly strong history when it comes to metal music of varying degrees, with thrash, traditional heavy metal, and black metal being at the forefront. However, that doesn't mean Japan doesn't produce their fair share of bands outside of those genres, with Boris being the chameleon when it comes to genres, as they seamlessly change genres with every album. For the funeral doom metal entry, Funeral Moth has decided to take that step forward to become Japan's representative into the sub-genre. With an album out already, they are approaching the important second step with their latest album Transience.

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.

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