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Funeral Marmoori : Volume 1

In some ways, Funeral Marmoori sound as if Black Hole had suddenly decided to play their music drawing on inspiration from the Maryland scene.

Italy never seems to get tired giving birth to good bands. Funeral Marmoori are a new entity, with half the members having been part of the infamous Gum, one of the filthiest Sludge bands from Machiavelli's country. But don't expect muddy Eyehategod-inspired songs here : Funeral Marmoori play it the old-school way, and thus are part of the recent wave of young bands coming from the peninsula which bows before Black Sabbath.

Right away, Funeral Marmoori open with an eponymous song that's a perfect representation of what the band is all about: heavy, bluesy riffs, a voice that wouldn't have been out of place on a Black Oak Arkansas album, a bass sound with a higher fat content than what McDonald's can sell in a full month, a drum section thick as a hundred bricks...and keyboards... This is the point where the Italian band shows a real personality, for Funeral Marmoori doesn't use a Moog, like every 70's inspired band does, but chooses instead to go with the Farfisa VIP61 and the great Roland W30. You don't see what I'm talking about? The first one is probably most well-known to anyone interested in Garage Rock, as it's been a staple for many bands in the genre, but it's also quite famous for having served as backbone for the sound of many Krautrock bands, especially Tangerine Dream. The second one is a late 80's release, a classic sampling workstation.

These instruments give Funeral Marmoori's music a feeling both occult and spacey, but still quite different from the kind found in other similarly-styled bands. In some ways, Funeral Marmoori sound as if Black Hole had suddenly decided to play their music drawing on inspiration from the Maryland scene. The US Doom influence is prominent in songs like 'Lorenzo Lamas' (yeah, right...and I'm talking about what he did in 'Renegade' and not 'Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus' here) and 'Garden Of Doom', while the Italian influences (especially Death SS and Black Hole) can be heard in the future classic that is 'Drunk Messiah'. 'Volume 1' is an album that is both classic and original, rooted in the ancient ground of Doom Rock while opening wide the gates for many more good things to come: if this album is a damn good one, notice it's also their first, which means that Funeral Marmoori have plenty of space left to improve their already great music - and considering the high quality of this first opus, I'm eager to hear more coming from them in the future.

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Funeral Marmoori
2. Garden Of Doom
3. Drunk Messiah
4. Lorenzo Lamas
5. Black Rooster
6. Come With Us

Duration : Approx. 41 minutes

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Reviewed on 2013-03-08 by Laurent Lignon
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