Monday, November 14, 2016

Throwback Review: "Afterglow" by Funeral Mantra

Tonight, the family and I will be watching the returns. (This should let you know what day this is being written.)

Well, while we do that our kind of comfort food will be served. St. Louis Style Pizza, Cheese Garlic Bread, and Toasted Ravioli.

Comfort food is a wonderful thing because it's something that truly makes us feel better. If we're feeling uneasy about something, there it is.

Think about all of the times you've been around around the table with your family eating comfort food. It's a delightful feeling isn't it?

Food isn't the only thing that offers us comfort though. Think about three chord rock'n'roll, 12 bar blues (also three chords), and just straight up heavy metal. These sorts of music have all been around for a very long time.

We've all got comfort music as well. It's something that will always vary from person to person and mood to mood.

There were many years when I would fill up all five spots in my five disc CD changer (yes, I'm dating myself a little bit.) with the five angriest, most brutal albums I had.

These days I still do that, but  now that I'm older, ironically it's with records and not CDs.

Funeral Mantra is a little bit of everything metal here in one nice package.

They're straight up, old school heavy metal. Imagine Iron Maiden, but a bit heavier and less progressive.

There are amazing solos, some prog elements, and very powerful vocals.

All in all Afterglow is a very thick, throaty, and overwhelmingly satisfying experience over the course of forty five minutes or so.

There's nothing new in these grooves, but sometimes you just don't want to reinvent the wheel because it's still spinnin' just right.

Release: Out Now
Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Sliptrick Records

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