Released: 2015, Independent/Self Released
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Doom Metal has never been one of my most favourite of metal genres, but one area that has cropped up lately and pricked my interests is Funeral Doom. Imagine a funeral procession complete with lighted torches and mourners in hooded cloaks proceeding to the final resting place. Now imagine that put to music. And this release, by a new Portuguese outfit will do just that.
CARMA, with their self titled debut know how to put all the sorrow and anxieties and feelings of loss and wonderment that you only find at a funeral to music. The album opens with a very eerie instrumental piece that you’ll find soothing until the second track ‘Procissao’ kicks in with a very impressive scream.
One way I described this album at first, was imagining London black metal group Verdelet if they began playing doom metal. Funeral Doom is very blackened and feels like the most evil music in the world delivered in an encasing of audible concrete. At least that’s what this album told me.
We then take another detour into the realms of melancholic pathos with ‘Feto’ and ‘Reflexo’ exhibiting the band in all their sluggish glory. The songs are long and strained and full of life, ironically when celebrating the loss of all life in its most nihilistic form.
I was also impressed by the synths and keys on the closing instrumental piece: ‘Adeus’. It has flutes that were almost folk like and made me feel like I’d been reborn from the ashes of the fire that was this beautiful album. This is what a true doom metal album should sound like to me. I don’t usually like metal slow, but doing it with all the right elements like singing about death and decay at a pace only the dead know of is how I’d take it.
Thirty-eight minutes well spent.
Review by Demitri Levantis