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Funeral Horse / Press

“Sinister Rites of the Master is Funeral Horse’s second album, and the first to be pressed onto vinyl. Their debut album Savage Audio Demon leaned more towards the punk side. The new one leans much more towards the devil horns side, with the long sludge riff coda on “Amputate the Hands of Thieves”, the doomy sub Sabbath of “Communist’s Blues” (though sung in head weirdo Paul Bearer’s best Gibby Haynes impression) complete with Ozzy harp blowing, the trademark metal gallop of “Stoned and Furious” to the stoner metal take on Rush’s “Working Man”.”

“This album has so much going on and it is all done with this intense macabre hue. The band deals out justice in a world that has gone haywire; they return to the old laws and honor those that were put in place by their master. Whoever that may be. But is their punky doom and sludgy garage build on deep dark riffs and open aired drums one minute and rumbling and rolling the next that turns you on before you can tune out.”

“Funeral Horse's latest release is a fine slab of fuzzier-than-thou stoner rock, perfect for blasting out of your car's windows on a muggy night. While the distortion on the vocals can sometimes make the words a bit tricky to properly hear, that fits right in with the buzzsaw guitar and drums that thump like a neighbor who thinks you've got the music turned up too loud. The record keeps things lean and trim at approximately a half-hour's worth of material, with all of the songs flexed out to a pleasing level of gritty sound and grooves that will get some part of your body moving in time to the rhythm before you realize it's happening.”

“It may have taken me a while to check out their new album but what a great album it is. First track – Until The Last Nation Fails – is a punk driven doomy blues rock affair with the band sounding like a more despondent garage rock band from the legendary 60s/70s Detroit Rock scene though there are hints of other modern day heavy metal vibes. It more than sets the scene for the remainder of the album.”

“The whole time I’m listening, I find myself scrabbling and digging to come up with references to make these guys comprehensible, but it wasn’t ’til right there at the end that it truly hit me. They’re not metal, they’re not stoner-rock, they’re not anything that can really be labeled; they’re just a loud, raw, angry ball of fire that gets thrown out onto a stage every once in a while so it can explode. See what it sounds like when it does.”

“Nada mal el debut de Funeral Horse que se desmelenan con esta descarga del rock más conciso e incisivo bajo una producción tosca y borrosa que resulta esencial para obtener su máxima decoración en conjunto. Un disco explosivo que te puede dejar con la misma sensación que obtiene cualquier músico cuando despega del escenario rumbo al público ferviente, la energía que sientes durante ese pequeño viaje se llama “Sinister Rites Of The Master”. Rozando el notable.”

“The wailing leads of “Stoned and Furious” do well to call back the tom runs at the start of “Executioner of Kings” that act as the bed for a full-sounding wall of riff, and “Working Man” gets reinvented as an early Pentagram demo, blown-out vocals and all. What Funeral Horse do on their second full-length release is to show that while they keep things loose and natural sounding, they’re still working on a conscious progression of their sound. Sinister Rites of the Master is likely to be a sleeper vinyl, but it departs entirely from the stereotypical post-Pantera Texan burl and is so gleefully stoned in parts that one can’t help but wonder how they hold it together as long as they do. They’ve taking away some of the dronier sounds they presented their first time out, but spend their time well nonetheless.”

“Production on this stoner metal album is very old-school. Not bells or whistles and it almost comes across like a recorded live set rather than an album. Rough around the edges, but no worse off for it. Where it’s easy to compare such bands to the likes of Sabbath, in this instance I actually had the Rolling Stones knocking about in my head during the opening track (“Until the Last Nation Falls”) for some reason. As the album progresses, though, the tone just settle a bit and the slightly slower, traditional stoner starts to come through once more. “Executioner of Kings”, for example, is far heavier while album closer “Working Man” is pure, driven head-bobbingness.”

“Until today I had never heard of them. They’re a heavy/stoner/doom metal band from Houston, Texas. The album is some great stoner metal. It doesn’t have a huge southern influence but instead seems to gather influences more towards NWOBHM and proto-metal with a hint of classic rock and punk. The sound is raw. There doesn’t seem to be any over produced aspects to it. The sound is simple. It’s a great sounding album.”

“A blistering Doom/Stoner/Sludge Metal power trio from Houston, USA whose stunning EP is packed full of gigantic riffs to slay you with.”

“And while “The Fedayeen” is somewhat incongruous with the rest of what follows, it serves its purpose as as the opener in establishing an expectation that Funeral Horse can immediately and effectively work against. Call it trickery if you want, it’s hard to argue with the results, and in the end, it’s “The Fedayeen” that makes me the most curious about where Funeral Horse might go stylistically after Savage Audio Demon and in what direction their sound might continue to develop, or if the sides of their personality will cohere into something else entirely. It’s a common-enough experience in listening to bands getting their feet wet, but nonetheless true about what the trio accomplish on their first tape that it’s an enticing prospect to see how the progression might play out across their blend of punk, heavy rock and doomed riffing.”

“I’ve never even heard of this band, but this is a slick-looking cassette. What you get is a whole lot of ‘90s-style metal in the vein of bands like Sleep or maybe even Cavity. The third song “Scatter My Ashes over the Mississippi” is the best, with a less pretentious bar rock feel to it and more of a stoner vibe a la Lord Green or Buzzov*en.”

“Turning attention to the music itself and Funeral Horse make a full on racket that incorporates metal, blues, doom, punk and other experimental sounds to create a sound to break the speed limit to. The EP is definitely one of contrasts, beginning with ominous doom tones and droning feedback as tribal Neurosis style drumming tattoos its way into your subconscious before morphing into a towering soundtrack of terror with menacing vocal intonations buried low in the mix.”

“Si los salvajes riffs de “The Fedayeen” te sacaron una sonrisa, acto seguido viene “Crusher Under Shame And Misery” para fulminarte dejando a un lado el sonido desértico para asestarnos en la cabeza con una buena cabalgada que contiene muchos elementos punk.”

“I think Funeral Horse has been unfairly lumped into the “stoner metal” category. While the band definitely has some of that vibe it also has elements of punk, gonzo, glam and early metal in it too.”

“...what you mostly need to know about Funeral Horse and this album is that on the very first song they create an opus which could outdo a number of full length albums by other bands claiming to rock.”

“There’s a cassette version of Savage Audio Demon available, which I would like to get his clammy paws on. This type of angling shows what kind of band Houston’s Funeral Horse is – vintage, loving those 70’s, and in bed with thick, rocked-up riffs, and vocals with plenty of ominous echo. The bluesy “Scatter My Ashes Over the Mississippi” is the pick of the bunch here (nice dynamics), but don’t leave “Invisible Hand of Revenge” out in the cold either. Rocking stuff.”

““We’re heavy and slow… so is our music”, this sayeth their facebook page. I can’t comment on the guys themselves, but their music certainly does live up to the claim. Funeral Horse currently have a new EP available for free download with tape copies (Tapes! Love it!) available shortly. They certainly live up to the hype. In fact, the first two words that spring to my mind listening to it are, indeed, “heavy” and “slow” – but not ponderously so. I can almost picture swathes of people with hair over their eyes, wearing black/tie-dyed clothes and nodding slowly to the beat like a crowd of metal zombies. With beer in their hands.”

“... the band I’m most interested to check out is newcomers Funeral Horse, which formed out of the ashes of the gone-too-soon Art Institute; they’re heavy and sludgy and slow as hell, dwelling somewhere in the realm of High on Fire or Sleep, and that’s no bad place to be.”