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Dark Funeral
Where Shadows Forever Reign
Type: CD
Company: Century Media
Release: 2016
Genre: Black
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 7/6/2016
Still rooted in the mid to late 90s era black metal
Scandinavian mainstays Dark Funeral return with their sixth full-length album "Where Shadows Forever Reign", marking the appearance of new singer Helljarmadr whose vocals inject fresh life into the band. That being said though, you can still tell that this is Lord Ahriman's show to run as it has been since the band's inception. "Where Shadows" is definitely a step up from 2009's "Angelus Exuro pro Eternus" and shows the band aging like a wine kept in a dank, dark cellar. Ahriman's riffing is some of his best yet, full of aggression and melody yet sometimes taking a backseat to Helljarmadr's vocals. "Temple of Ahriman", "Nail Them To the Cross" and "Where Shadows Forever Reign" are definitely the standout tracks on the album for me. The one gripe, if you can call it a gripe, that I have with this is that the band shows no sign of branching out their sound. While it has definitely changed, the base is still rooted in the mid to late 90s era black metal. No experimentation of any sort takes place and the constant similarity in albums causes some of their material to get a bit repetitive and tired at times. Lyrically, they are still as blasphemous as ever, showing no signs of scaling back the blatant affinity for Satan and disdain for organized religion. This is what has made the band, but I wonder if this lack of movement and change is something that will condemn the band to less notoriety than what they should have. While other bands from this era have shown a growth and a shift in sound, it is clear that Dark Funeral are sticking to their blackened, evil roots whether it takes them to new heights or leaves them in the middle of the pack treading water.
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: DARK FUNERAL
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Attera Totus SanctusDark Funeral
2005
Etiam5/16/2006
De Profundis Clamavi ad te DomineDark Funeral
2005
Veritas7/25/2005
Diabolis InteriumDark Funeral
2007
Etiam3/21/2008
Secrets of the Black ArtsDark Funeral
2007
Etiam5/5/2009
Vobiscum SatanasDark Funeral
1998
Etiam9/19/2008
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2016
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