Indeed. It looks like the folks over at Officium Triste really are in mucho trouble right now. A short while ago, the RMR crew enjoyed a deluge of tears with the folks over at Celestial Season.1) And now, more great Doom Death Metal is heading our way. Rise to the Sky the outfit is called, a Chilean one-man-show. And they want a funeral, every friggin’ day. Woe, that truly calls for an ocean of tears. So, go ahead, inflate that rubber dingy, and grab yer oars. A dark storm is a-lurkin’.
The RMR crew is traditionally wary of jacks o’ all trades. These one-man bands often don’t quite cut it. Yet here, Rise to the Sky aka Sergio González Catalán pulled out the stops. With the help of session drummer Emidio Alexandre Ramos (Colosso, Adamantine), the RMR deck crew got themselves yet another Doom Metal piece that’s resplendent in its backward-looking greys and blacks. Boy, even the title of the record, Every Day, A Funeral, is so Draconian-style desperation, I almost choked on my morning coffee.
The band plays a mixture of Doom and Doom Death Metal with a penchant for the former. And indeed, the record often sounds like a more flamboyant version of the aforementioned Draconian, without the female voice. Celestial Season on a more refined plane of existence, like.2)
And that brings me to one of my main complaints on Doom Death Metal pieces – and I commented on that earlier already. Often, there’s no way you can follow the lyrics without a cheat sheet. And that’s often a sad state of affairs because said lyrics are often elaborate and pretty thoughtful, too. But in the end, you’re faced with a gluttony of growls that tend to get in the way of the often outstanding musical prowess on display. And Every Day, A Funeral is – unfortunately – no different from its brethren.
That said, it is also true that the relentless wall of sound of former records now sports pretty tasty variation. You’ll find a much finer balance between those never-ending riffs and the welcome acoustic interludes. In other words, the record still boasts crushing riffs galore and slow-marching melodies. But this time, the RMR crew marveled at the genuinely outstanding orchestration that rides these dreary paths on a pretty neat arrangement. And all of that tear-drenched jazz solemnly creeps forward, often at funeral speed together with a boatload of atmospherics for good measure.
Acoustic guitars, string instruments, and even a whiff of South American tunes will suddenly appear out of nowhere and continue to further balance the relentless Death Metal attack somewhat. Even if Just say Goodbye‘s riff ended up in simplistic nirvana somewhat. Oh, and did I just hear wind instruments locked to the lead guitar on I Can See You When I Dream? If so, that’s one stellar idea, and – yet again – embedded in the local music styles.
And let’s not forget the drum work on Every Day, A Funeral. Projecting emotion on a doom piece ain’t no walk in the park. And the Ramos man here just nailed it. It takes talent and devotion to be perfectly aligned with the mood of every song. And on this record, the drums made a true difference to its success.
So ultimately, Every Day, A Funeral is a high-quality Doom Metal piece, no contest. A measured, yet powerful slab of emotion that projects true sentiment. One that tends to the fields other doom outfits already visited, true. But by doing so, the band added another layer of excellence to a genre that’s often over-saturated by wannabes and copycats. This record represents pretty much what any traditional Doom Metal band should strive for.3) And that’s a great spot to be in.