As can be imagined, for the most part, the projects that have been able to emerge in Islamic nations have been solo projects or at least closely linked to a key musician: this is also the case with 1000 Funerals, a band that has left to posterity two excellently crafted albums that have become a small cult object for fans, not only because of the exotic origin of the authors. From what can be gleaned from the biographical notes on the Web, the group was founded in 2005 by Hamid Malekzadeh Asl, better known later as Emerna, and keyboardist Parichehr G. “Pixy”: the recording of Portrait Of A Dream dates back to the same year, a beautiful work characterized by a symphonic funeral and ambient veins, perhaps a bit redundant at times but of undoubted merit and freshness. The work remained smothered in the fetters of the deepest underground for a long time before being brought to light by Silent Time Noise in 2012, shortly after the release of 1000 Funerals‘ second album, Butterfly Decadence. In fact, shortly after the recording of the debut album, Emerna found himself on his own due to the abandonment of his original bandmate due to marriage (and here it is unclear whether the causal “nuptials” implied a geographic displacement of Parichehr or, more likely, some sort of impediment to the continuation of an activity hardly befitting a woman in those moors), and she then devoted herself to the eponymous ambient black metal solo project (with which she would release no less than nine full lengths between 2007 and 2012) before forming a new partnership with bassist and keyboardist Hamoon. Butterfly Decadence is a more mature album, a little less characterized by the spontaneity found in the debut, and closes with a remarkable cover of Night’s Dew by Shape Of Despair, a song revised midway between symphonic pulses and industrial sprinkles; a proof that amply demonstrates how much potential is stifled in certain geographical areas by unfathomable religious diktats, taking back centuries nations that in antiquity were the first real cradle of civilization.

2011 – Silent Time Noise