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Haiku Funeral: If God Is A Drug

Here's one way out of left field for you. Most Sea of Tranquility readers should be well familiar with William Kopecky, bass virtuoso from here in the US who has played and recorded with countless prog, fusion, rock, and avant-garde artists over the years. Well, here he's teamed up with Bulgarian black metal singer/musician Dimitar Dimitrov for a duo known as Haiku Funeral. Their latest platter of mayhem, and also their third release overall, is called If God Is A Drug. To say it's not what we've come to expect from Kopecky is an understatement, but sometimes it's quite good to be pleasantly surprised, which is certainly the case here.

If God Is A Drug is a strange mix of black metal, industrial, avant-garde, psychedelic, and ambient styles, which might sound like an odd brew but it works for the most part. Bubbling electronics and sound effects permeate the mix, leaving room for Kopecky's brooding bass lines and Dimitar's blood curdling screams & rasps. At times things get quite creepy, like on "The Trees Are Killing The Sky" or "City in the Sea", either of which could be the soundtrack to a horror movie. Some of the pieces are minimalist in their approach, and have somewhat of a droning nature, which is going to limit the audience for this release quite a bit, but when the duo blast off into violent black metal themes, as on "Izkuplenie", the doomy "Fungoid Moon", or the venemous three part title track, things get rather interesting. Through it all, Kopecky's booming bass is integral to the overall template, as his jazz-fusion lines cut through the psychedelic washes of avant-garde and black metal dissonance.

Haiku Funeral are without a doubt not going to be for the weak at heart, but if you have an ear for some terrorizing and experimental sounds, If God Is A Drug certainly might become your 'drug' of choice.

Track Listing
1 Izkuplenie
2 The Holy Connection
3 Fungoid Moon
4 If God Is A Drug pt1
5 If God Is A Drug pt2
6 If God Is A Drug pt3
7 Seven
8 The Trees Are Killing The Sky
9 City In The Sea
10 Bright Red Seeds
11 Infected
12 They Dreamt Of Coffins

Added: January 4th 2012
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band MySpace Page
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Language: english

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Haiku Funeral: If God Is A Drug
Posted by Denis Brunelle, SoT Staff Writer on 2012-01-04 06:47:16
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Out of the abysmal catacombs of France, hails this bizarre duo by the name of Haiku Funeral. On one side, DIM (Bulgarian)handles electronics, vocals and hallucinogenics…while WMK (American)takes care of bass, vocals and delirium…

Here you have it, strange moniker, black and white somber cover art, plus partly weird instruments being used equals to what? Well, weird music people! But this is actually quite good a release of weirdness though! I can only imagine the technicians in the studio going "what the hell??" If God is Drug is not your easy Saturday/Sunday morning listen as such. One might be in a certain mood to enjoy this, or simply need to have an open mind. The electronics are taking a huge part in this hellish soundtrack, so a definite industrial feel is omnipresent. The keyboards are painting a deeply dark and ambient atmosphere throughout the nightmarish scenery. The vocals are pretty wicked too; going from whispers to spoken-narrative and even some harsher tones. Then you have all sort of twisted effects being applied to them, only to make things even more wicked. Most of the lyrics are in English and some foreign language (Czech maybe?) are found in a couple tracks. Near the end, some female voices are offered, adding a touch of melodiousness. Even if a strong emphasis has being put into creating a hellish industrial vibe, the Frenchmen has not forgot to infuse melodious parts in their songwriting. You can hear good buzzing bass lines with crunch; percussions (programmed maybe, still enjoyable); a bit of an Oriental flavor on "The Trees are Killing the Sky" and so on. To add more atmosphere, on "VII", the make some monk like vocals and closing track "The Dreamt of Coffins…" is an ambient piece of electronics that includes strong winds and rain samplings.

So, If God is a Drug is not necessarily going to please everyone, but will give a hell of a nightmarish ride for the open-minded musical fanatics.

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