One of the more unique bands we've come across in recent years is French act Haiku Funeral, and they have a brand new release out titled Hallucinations. Blending raging, hate spewed black metal with industrial, ambient, and even a touch of dub-step, Haiku Funeral features the talents of Dimitar Dimitrov (vocals, keyboards, guitar, electronics), William Kopecky (bass, vocals), and David Lillkvist (drums, percussion), a trio whose main mission it seems to be to create music that is as unclassifiable as it is uncommercial. I mean, there's nothing here on Hallucinations that you'll want to play at your next family gathering, or include on a mix tape for your new sweetheart, but that's the beauty of the album actually. The title cut explodes with thunderous grooves underneath a black metal mentality brimming with a collision of industrial and dub-step arrangements, while "Разграждане" takes a similar approach, the rhythms bulbous and the vocals a gravelly, raspy roar. There are also more sedate, ambient styled tracks, such as the mysterious "Гласът" and the near space rock vibe of "Suicide Organ", but it's the industrial-meets-black metal mayhem of "Servants of Fire" and the spooky menace of the closing trio of "Faiths Black Orgasm", "The Final Amphetamine Kiss", and the lengthy "The Last Hallucination of Christ" that provides the albums most unsettling, disturbing moments.
A harrowing, at times frightening mind trip to say the least, Hallucinations, for many, will be like nothing you have ever heard before. Call if black metal if you like, but Haiku Funeral bring much more to the table here on their latest release, and it's a listening experience you won't soon forget...long after the nightmares subside.
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1. The First Amphetamine Kiss 01:58
Suicide Organ 05:49
Servants of Fire 03:46
Darkest Day of the Year 04:03
Faiths Black Orgasm 08:05
The Final Amphetamine Kiss 03:27
The Last Hallucination of Christ 11:10