Power of Metal.dk Review

Haiku Funeral
Nightmare Painting
Style: Avant-ambience-industrial metal
Release date: October 2012
Playing time: 43:30

Cryptic style I've jotted in above? Well, yeah, but less cryptic than the music presented to the wondering ears of the world by this duo. I mean, this French duo (are they French - their names look Russian?) haven't even been bothered with telling us what the titles of the songs. If I'm to trust the booklet there are six songs on the album, but the tracklisting on the media player says ten songs. Odd.

The vocals are spoken or snarled in a black metal-ish fashion. The bass is going in all sorts of directions, almost funky at times, but definitely a very dynamic style. There are no real drums, obviously.

For me, this 'Nightmare Painting' does what it promises. It does sound like a bad dream. It is a bit of a nightmare to come through. It lacks direction entirely, and even if you could argue that this lack of direction is a style in itself, it's something I'd have to get used to - as in listen to this 50 times and then perhaps my senses would be numb enough to be able to cope with it without constantly feeling an urge to skip tracks.

Sorry guys, this ain't working for me.

01. Blacklight Amniotic Erotica
Behemonth Rising
The Flags of a New Empire Burn
Your Heart a Black Tunnel
Heavy-Breasted Innocence
Label: Aesthetic Death
Artwork rating: 65/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 22 January, 2013
Website: www.haikufuneral.com