Funeral Mist – Hekatomb (Review)

Funeral Mist – Hekatomb (2018)

The return of Swedish orthodox black metallers Funeral Mist has been one of 2018’s most welcome surprises. And Hekatomb, their first album in nearly ten years, is a raging reminder that the Devil still has all the best tunes. Tracks like Shedding Skin and Hosanna are absolutely flaying, a purist’s delight, and the rest of the album has imaginative depth and rich layers: In Nomine Domini’s addictive sliding riff; Naught But Death’s wicked mix of groove and gospel; Cockatrice’s ambient keys and the monk-y magic of Metamorphosis. It’s a stunning accomplishment from Arioch who, ably assisted by drummer Lars B, is the mastermind behind all the music, imagery and charismatically demented vocals here. Easily the album of the year so far. It’s so good I had to buy their entire back catalogue on vinyl.

The very cool booklet that comes with the vinyl edition
Gotta get ’em all!

19 thoughts on “Funeral Mist – Hekatomb (Review)”

  1. The strafing riffs of In Nomine Domini sound imaginative to me. First time getting acquainted with Funeral Mist. Arioch sounds like careful verdant composer. His god must be pleased with his offering.

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    1. Great comment Adam. Strafing is a good word… and yes it is very imaginative. Lots of creative touches and the orchestration/arrangements are really well handled. Lot of thought and care went into this album.


  2. Nice set. I made it through the entire song, Naught by Death, and actually enjoyed it. There is no one home right now so I cranked it and I think the neighbors are little worried now and might not let their kids play with mine.

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