The Ossuary
Southern Funeral

1. Walk Into Sepulchral Haze
2. Maze Of No Return
3. Belphegor
4. Southern Funeral
5. Eternal Pyre
6. Sleep Demon
7. Under The Spell
8. Shadow Of Plague

Stefano “Stiv” Fiore - vocals
Domenico Mele - guitar
Dario “Captain” DeFalco - bass
Max Marzocca - drums

Post Mortem Blues (2017)



Released 2019-01-25
Reviewed 2019-01-24

supreme chaos records

Fuck trends and fuck modernity! So says the press materials for this album by Italian band The Ossuary. It is their second. The first one was released in 1977, sorry 2017 and now comes the second one Souther Funeral. It is an album with a fairly amusing story and it is sold by invoking classic acts like Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Wishbone Ash and Rainbow, perhaps a few more. I guess that could be seen as promising if you are one of those looking back believing that the past was better, could be construed as troubling if you are a seasoned critic who believes unimaginative expression is as amusing as a bucket of water.

It is kind of like something that has been time machined from the seventies, classically styled heavy rock music. I guess you can compare with the likes of many bands, it would be easy to name drop the likes of those already mentioned in this text and several others like them and from the same era. Classic heavy rock is what it is, it sound authentic seventies rock, I guess they fuck with modernity. It is sort of doomy, melancholic and probably very exciting for anyone who never heard seventies rock.

I think that it is a good album with pretty good songs, decent energy and those kinds of things. Not overly amazing, the albums lacks standout material and the risk is that they will be bunched up with many similar bands and disappear, that is a problem when making music that countless bands has done before. But they do it well and it is not really possible to dislike the album either, sure you can feel saddened by the lack of ideas and such but the quality of the songs and the enjoyment you get from listening to the album kind of outweigh the negatives.

So, the conclusion will have to be that Southern Funeral is a good and doomy seventies rock album with ingredients of the masters that lacks that ingredient X, that makes the good album great. At least that is what the critic who doesn’t really praise that many albums think, the one who still believes that the best music was made in the seventies will fall for the nostalgia card they play and enjoy this album to the fullest – so if you are one of them I recommend that you check out this one.






Label: Supreme Chaos Records
Three similar bands: Thin Lizzy/Wishbone Ash/Black Sabbath

Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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