AUSTERITY is a one man funeral doom project from Italy. I hesitate to include the ‘funeral doom’ tag because of the commonly held preconceptions the majority of metalfags hold about the genre – yet thats what our mighty lord and father who art in last.fm hath pronounced. The album, a solid 70 minutes in length, gently and majestically floats between ambient sections, guitar based drone work and piano recitals. Heavily reminiscent of Paysage d’hiver and the more drawn out pieces from Darkspace, the guitar reverberations demonstrate an excellent capacity for creating and maintaining atmosphere and magnanimity. Production values and vocal effects much like Wintherr conjurs and while the feel is funeral doom through and through, the execution and production are decidedly unique and foreign to the genre in question. There is enough in way of instrumentation to keep your interest up track by track, listen to this at max volume for best results and you’ll be greeted by new layers within the humdrum of drone. One of the few releases I can happily sit through from beginning to end that clocks in at well over an hour and perhaps the only funeral doom release I have come across that I want to share with the entire world. The release is well worth picking up as I’m sure your laptop speakers pale in comparison to your stand alone CD/cassette player, its the kind of release you have to purchase to get the true feel for.
So you think funeral doom is as narrow and trodden a path as every other niche and branch from the phylogenetic tree of metal? Well. Ever heard Italian funeral doom with a focus on drone and ambient sections? Ever got excited at the prospect of a funeral doom project incorporating drone and ambient? No, me either. I have to ask you to shove your murmuring bullshit remarks to the back of your head for 2 hours until you have sat through this experience though, because this is a delicious listen.