|Genres||Funeral Doom Metal|
|Years active||2003 - Present|
|Labels||Weird Truth Productions|
|Associated acts||Ataraxie, Conviction, Stabwound, Wormfood, Despond, Void Paradigm, Fimbulvetr, Mourning Dawn, Wastes, Heol Telwen|
|Current members|| Berserk|
|Past members|| Laurent Chaulet|
Funeralium is a doom metal band from Paris, France. They describe their style as "Ultra Sick Doom" and play tortured, disturbed, extreme doom metal without any romantic vibes, female vocals, circus keyboards and cheesy lyrics. The band was formed in June 2003 by Ataraxie member Marquis, who wanted to create one of the sickest doom band on this planet, inspired by bands like Bethlehem, Abruptum, Thergothon, Saint Vitus and Burning Witch. Berserk (who also plays with Marquis in Ataraxie) joined the band with him.
Funeralium was started in June 2003 by Marquis from Ataraxie who wanted to express his own vision about extreme doom. At that time, his most influential bands were Bethlehem, Saint Vitus, Black Sabbath, Cathedral, Abruptum and Burning Witch. Berserk (also member of Ataraxie) joined Funeralium soon after with Yskithyrwynn and Toxine from Heol Telwen who were also enthusiastic about that project. Funeralium describes their style as "Ultra Sick Doom", raw extreme doom with bleak atmospheres, torturous vokills and lots of old school metal elements.
In September 2003, the band's first rehearsals started and they began to work on the following tracks "Transcendance N°26" and "Funeralium". In March 2004 they were offered a deal to release their first demo on the underground metal label Bang or Be Banged. One month later, they recorded that demo at the nekrodoom studio and they decided to call it Ultra Sick Doom. They did that to honour German band Bethlehem, which gave the name of the genre that they founded "dark metal" by releasing the album of the same name. Ultra Sick Doom was released in June 2004 and received positive feedbacks from all the underground metal community. Soon after, their first gigs began and they were given the opportunity to take part to several gigs and festivals accross France, Holland and Belgium.
Between 2004 and 2006, the band rehearsed harder to be able to record an album. The following tracks were composed :"Let People Die", "Light Crisis", "Nearly the End", "First Synptoms". In 2006, TotalRust from Israel and Ostra Records offered deals to release the band's first album on CD and LP formats. Recording took place at two different studios (Nekrodoom and Solid Studio) during summer 2006. Yet, because of several misfortunes, mixing/mastering suffered from a huge delay and painly took place in 2007 at Walnut Groove studio.
Funeralium's eponymous debut album was finally released by TotalRust during the summer of 2007 on CD format. The LP format was released later in that same year by Ostra Records. Once again, it received positive reviews from all the metal community. Unfortunatly, several problems brought a total chaos within the band. Their activity totally stopped during several months and all these problems led to the departure of Yskithyrwynn. Finally, Funeralium arose in February 2008. A.D. K'shon replaced Yskithyrwynn and Asmael Lebouc joined the band a second bass player. In 2010, with Charles Ward on bass, the band composed its second album.
In 2012, the 88-minute monolith Deceived Idealism was recorded & mixed by KK (Huata, Abjvration) at his Worship Studio. It is released on CD by Weird Truth Productions and on LP format by Ostra Records a few months later. A limited & deluxe tripple-LP version with backpatch was also released. The third LP features the infamous reissue of the demo tape Ultra Sick Doom. This will allow the band to perform live in many festivals & gigs in Europe, hitting the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, England, Belgium and Denmark, crushing and mesmerizing the audience every time.
In 2016, they went back to the Studio to record Of Throes and Blight. Recorded partly at the revamped Nekro Doom Studio, it was mixed by S. Biguet at his Retro Sound Studio. Treading the same path taken since Deceived Idealism, the band explores further and refines its unique blend of doom, death and black Metal, proposing a style which goes way beyond (and below) the limits of funeral doom in particular. The music is “richer” than before, with frantic parts of blast beats and mid-tempo parts. At the end of the recording, A.D. K'shon left the band and decided to put an end to his musical adventure as a whole, making this album his musical testament. Soon after, the mysterious Raev joined the band.
Musical Style and Influences Edit
Musical Style Edit
The band's music is a filthy mixture of old school doom metal, heavy metal, death metal, black metal and funeral doom.
The band's influences include Saint Vitus, Trouble, Black Sabbath, Bethlehem, Penance, Witchfinder General, 1970s Judas Priest, Candlemass, Celtic Frost, Solitude Aeturnus, Thin Lizzy, Cathedral, Neurosis, Darkthrone, Master's Hammer, Autopsy, Portal, Winter and Burning Witch.
- Ultra Sick Doom (Demo, 2004)
- Funeralium (Full-Length, 2007)
- Decieved Idealism (Full-Length, 2013)
- Of Throes and Blight (Full-Length, 2017)
Current Members Edit
- Marquis - Guitar, Vocals (2003-Present)
- Berserk - Guitar (2003-2008, 2010-Present)
- Asmael LeBouc - Bass, Vocals (2008-Present)
- Charles Ward - Bass (2009-Present)
- Raev - Drums (2016-Present)
Former Members Edit
- Laurent Chaulet - Guitar, Vocals
- Toxine - Bass (2003-?)
- Yskithyrwynn - Drums (2003-2008)
- A.D. K'shon - Drums (2008-2013)
- Thulsa Doom - Guitar (2009)