Fvnerals use chilling ambiance, doom to reveal sickened world on rainy ‘Let the Earth Be Silent’

Photo by Anja Bergman

I was having a conversation this weekend with someone who was fixing my car about how poorly people treat one another, especially those in the service industry. We are all still battling a pandemic, and people are still getting sick, and you’d think that all the torment and pain would have changed some of our thinking. But it hasn’t. In many ways, society has gotten worse, and the decay is still building.

Abject hopelessness and the lack of optimism are all over “Let the Earth Be Silent,” the third record from ambient-rich doom duo Fvnerals, a band that manages to pull sonic beauty out of total hell. The band—vocalist/bassist Tiffany Ström and guitarist Syd Scarlet (Thomas Vaccargiu handled drums and percussion)—reflects the bleak nature of the world on these seven songs, tracks that slowly unfurl and grow like vines around you before tightening their grip. The heaviness is more in the vibes and atmosphere than the music, though it’s plenty weighty, and the complete hell that still engulfs us all is here in full and depressing glory, waiting to fully consume you.

“Ashen Era” dawns with sounds hovering overhead, Ström’s calls hanging above and luring you into the maze. The playing finally jolts as doom sprawls, the vocals soar, and the emotion floods, noise scraping as the final days appear to signal their arrival. “Descent” brings stinging sounds and heavy cloud cover, Ström’s singing lurking behind the shadows. Calculated strikes rock the foundations as the calls stretch into the atmosphere, the drums clash, and the last rays of light are choked out gracefully. “For Horror Eats the Light” is ominous and apocalyptic, pulling a dark curtain over your vision and choking the light. Murk and fog combine as Ström’s singing floats, the temperature reaching freezing levels, shrill noises scraping walls. Ström’s calls lather as the playing crests, folding out into cold winds.

“Annihilation” lands with sounds enveloping, drums echoing, and the guitars sending electric pulses that ripple. Speaking haunts as the doom hammers drop again, filling the senses as the soundscapes moan and dissolve into the earth. “Rite” is a quick interlude passage with strings and sounds collecting, smearing blood on the walls and fading into the background to make way for “Yearning.” The guitars drip as Ström’s icy voice sends daggers, the doomy darkness dripping and making your footing unsteady. Menacing tones chew into muscle, and a ghostly presence gets more intrusive and enters your psyche, letting the last drops of your dream soak the pillow. Closer “Barren” brings foreboding as spirits rise, the doom pounds, and Ström’s singing captures your imagination and stays present until the mood settles. Things quickly rise again, the playing throbs, and the pressure mounts, folding time and unloading penetrating drone that leaves behind a slick glaze.

The heaviness and menacing feelings that hang over “Let the Earth Be Silent” are purposeful as Fvnerals specifically chose to reveal the bleak, terrible elements of the globe on which we live. The record is both beautiful and mentally turbulent, a place where serenity commonly is uprooted by sinister events and a society that feels more uninviting as time unfurls. This is a record that won’t leave you feeling easy and embraced and instead will push you to your emotional limits as these black waves wash over you.   

For more on the band, go here: https://www.facebook.com/FVNERALS/

To buy the album, go here: http://lnk.spkr.media/fvnerals-let-the-earth-be-silent

For more on the label, go here: https://en.prophecy.de/

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