Artist: Fvneral Fvkk
Album: Lecherous Liturgies

Year: 2017
Genrer: Doom Metal
Run time: 38 minutes
My rating: 5 out of 5

Fvneral Fvkk have one of those bandnames that made me lose judgement before even searching for any kind of information about the constellation  and the creation that is "Lecherous Liturgies", I had my mind made up based on absolutely nothing, just mindless prejudice, so after I pressed play I was in for a big surprise. It's not that often that I throw myself in with a biased driven mindset, and the few times it happens I have been correct to 85% and been utterly dissapointed in 12% of the cases, the remaining 3% is where you can find acts such as Fvneral Fvkk, something that turns everything upside down and makes you feel like a mumbling numbskull for even having a thought in the matter without even attempting to search for facts.

Just the name itself triggered a valid filthfactor in my mind and seeing the title of the EP and that the forst song is named "Erection in the House of God" pretty much got me in the trails that this probably would be a Black/Trash kind of creation, and that thought set me off in the wrong direction, Fvneral Fvkk is definitely a filthy act, but not in the way that I figured, for in essence "Lecherous Liturgies" is an excellent working contradiction.

Fvneral Fvkk is a project created by members from known acts such as Fäulniz, Ophis and Crimson Swan in 2015, and the tracks presented on their first release is refined, melodic, heavy, downtuned and exceptionally wellcrafted epic Doom. The compositions could be compared to bands such as Candlemass, Cathedral, The Obsessed, Solitude Aeternus, Revelation, Terra Firma, Saint Vitus, Witchsorrow and Saturnus but remove all theatralics, syntheizers, dramatic interludes, groove, fastpaced tempos, female vocals and anything of the sort, the music is driven solely by guitars, bass and drums, there is no room for complicating manners as there is no reason too, the arrangements are surprisingly beautiful, melancholic, melodic and extremely solid, for example the second track "Underneath the Phelonion" starts of with solemnly enchanting stringworks and gradually drives up in tempo until the bassdrums fiercely starts to work their way in, and this without involving any drastic alterations that could make the song crumble on the way, and everything is grasped with a production that let´s every single note of every instrument become audible and clear.

Now we're off to a rocky start with the next subject, mostly because I'm not completely sure how to compare or describe this, we're in for the vocals, it's not your typical run for the mill Doom vocals here, it's a clean choirless chanting, an absolutely impressive performance and the vocal patterns that wreathes with the music is an experience of it's own, this choice off vocal style is pretty hard to resemble, it´s more closer to the clean register of Hal Sinden (Talanas) than for example Rob Lowe, Messiah Marcolin, Bobby Liebling, Zeeb Parkes and so on.

It's exceptionally unusual to find this type of trait in this genre, don't get me wrong, there are alot of brilliant vocalists in the Doom scene, that´s not what I´m saying, Cantor Cinaedicus have a style that seems to be suited for an other type of musical style but yet it fits so perfectly, he is more than (un)blessed with an angelic throat and a possessed tongue that spitefully taunts and speaks of blasphemies and unholy deeds, there we have the contradiction, the themes, lyrics and concept goes hand in hand with the name of the band, which makes this creation so much more interesting in a slightly bizarre way, the lyrical concept is secret lewd debauchery and perversions within the holy church, and "Lecherous Liturgies" couldn´t be released in a better time than now seeing as a high prophile in the Vatican just got caught with his pants down in a gay orgy and his nose stuck in a tray filled with cocain.

Nowadays it seems like everyone is creating a Doom band just for the heck of it, there are thousands of new Doombands out there that recently started and the scene is almost overflowing with copycats and unoriginal bands.

Some bands seem to do well by being a sincere hommage to the late 70s and some other are just retelling the story in a dull, uninspired way, and then we have  Fvneral Fvkk that brings an unique feeling to the scene that I haven't felt since Murkrats "Drudging the Mire", this EP is something that shouldn´t be shunned into the norm or should be ignored for that matter, in a weird way my thoughts went to the point of stumblingly describing Fvneral Fvkk as the Opeth of Doom with the soul of early W.A.S.P and believe me I know how stupid it sounds!

If you want a copy of "Lecherous Liturgies" I would advise you to act fast because they are strictly limited, the tape version is limited to 100 copies and is released by Lycanthropic Chant and the 7 inch vinyl version released by Bleeding Heart Nihilist is limited to 450 ex and 50 of them comes with a logo patch printed on an original priest garment cloth, I just hope and pray that I got there in time to get one of those, and I hope that there will be more material coming out soon!


Band members:
Vicarius Vespillo - Bass
Frater Flagellum - Drums
Decanus Obscaenus - Guitars
Cantor Cinaedicus - Vocals

Label: BHN Productions | Lycanthropy Chants
Country: Germany

Bandcamp: https://fvneralfvkk.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fvneralfvkk/