Funereal Presence – The Archer Takes Aim (2014 Spotlight) – This New York based one man project from a member of Negative Plane is quite different than you might expect. It seeks to mix experimentalism and the sound of raw thrashy black metal together in an oddly malformed, yet interesting package. “The Tower Falls 12:29” alone is worth spitting out millions of lines of descriptory paragraphs, but the whole thing is absolutely brilliant from beginning to end. Aside from being black/thrash, it also uses some clean vocal elements, as well as hints of prog, abnormal guitar selections and with the title track (12:47) funeral organs. It manages to slide texture right in with blackened brutality, which makes for one hell of a listen. It’s one that you’ll be going back to several times because each song sounds different from the next and incorporates a new idea, such as the instrumental “Dammerlicht 6:38” which brings more atmospheres to the table. The Archer Takes Aim is truly a strong debut, sounding much better than his work in Negative Plane to be honest; and I think that the raw quality black/thrash mixed with all the odd progression and bells and whistles makes for a rewarding listen the whole way through. Fans of classic black metal, thrash and prog should all get together on this one. Definitely recommended!
(4 Tracks, 48:00)