Here we go again, the mighty and mystique sound of the Greek Black Metal scene! Funeral Storm has released a couple of splits (with Celestial Rite, Mortuus Sum, Varg Order and Human Serpent among others) and a compilation prior to this debut full-length album. A full-length album that is filled with those typical melodies and compositions in the vein of early Rotting Christ and Varathron with those typical up-tempo riffs as well as those beautiful melancholic mid-tempo parts. But also the ambiance itself brings one back to that particular era of time.
Mentioning Varathron in this review is uninvitable and almost an impossible task, as Stefan Necroabyssious himself is responsible for the black vomits on “Arcane Mysteries”, but it would be just utter rude not to mention Wampyrion (also has history with Archaeos, Impenetrable Darkness, Disharmony and Sadolust) as it is his brainchild and he is the main composer of tracks like “The Necromancer” and “Martyr of the Lake”. At the end you will hear Varathron’s “Flowers of My Youth” as a cover, with guest musicians of Celestial Rite, Divine Blasphemy, Lykaionas and ex-Kawir, to give a great song from the great “His Majesty at the Swamp” a true homage.
Pure Hellenic Black Metal…where the occult, the evil and melody are one. (Ricardo)