Abysmal Grief – Funeral Cult of Personality

With regard to Abysmal Grief, every time you have to talk about a new work, you risk to be repetitive because the Genoa band is now for over twenty years author of a peculiar sound and recognizable among a thousand but, at the same time, almost unchanged over time in its construction as well as in the high rate of quality exhibited. All this is the merit and the limit of one of the most relevant realities of the Italian doom scene and the discriminating factor derives essentially from how much one appreciates the consolidated sound, marked by the enveloping bass of Lord Alastair on which the keyboards and the voice of Labes C. Necrothytus and the riffs of Regen Graves are placed, who only rarely lets himself go to solo outbursts. Funeral Cult of Personality is the sixth full length in a discography, however, full of other releases of different formats, which in my opinion sees as the highest point Feretri, the album of 2013 in which the mixture between the Hammond, a singing tone similar to McCoy and the obsessive base provided by the remaining instruments found its sublimation in a song like Lords of the Funerals, a track that brought to the extreme consequences a sound matrix reproposed later with good success. Due to their popularity, Abysmal Grief can be assimilated to all those great rock and metal bands that have proposed over the years a unique sound, maybe without particular deviations from one album to another, but always convincing. This means that, as a result of the cult status achieved and consolidated over time, the Ligurian quartet does not have to prove anything to anyone, focusing mainly on their personal vision of the funeral cult that, even in Funeral Cult of Personality, is outlined in a manner oscillating between the macabre and grotesque, with the pleasant exception of a song like Idolatry of the Bones, characterized by sounds more poignant than the rest of the work.

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