Yet another block of Swedish death metal goodness, this time from Italy. Funest may have only been around for a mere 2 years, but with already one demo under their belts, the band this year releases their debut full length album, Desecrating Obscurity. We have already heard old school Swedish death metal coming out from regions ranging from Mexico to America, so how will the Italians fare in their quest to pay homage to the genre?
Desecrating Obscurity kicks off with the title track as the intro, with the instrumental, ambient track immediately shrouding Funest in a fog of mystery, and like all classic old school records, one immediately grasps that ominous feel that lies beneath, slowly biding its time before breaking free. Buried and Forsaken sees the beast unleashed, and one is hit relentlessly with a barrage of riffs inspired by the likes of Dismember, Entombed to Nihilist in their approach, from that cutting buzzsaw tone that is so reminiscent of Sunlight Studio, to the playing style of guitarist M. D, with his alternating between tireless blastbeats and the energetic, punkish d-beats also bring in a nice Autopsy vibe as well.
The balance between speed and crushing heaviness is also evident on the album, with tracks like Catacomb Torture (Mutilator from the Grave) introducing some of the slowest moments by Funest, ensuring that the whole range of negativity is explored by the band.
Like many old school Swedish-styled death metal bands of late, Funest does not seek to innovate the genre, as evident by the material on Desecrating Obscurity. Instead, Desecrating Obscurity is a nice tribute to the genre and its founding fathers, and is definitely a nice, fun record to headbang to.