Unending Autumn Funeral
Review by Vladimir on June 4, 2023.
This time I will be talking about something different that I surprisingly never thought I’d really like, which is a one-man depressive suicidal black metal band from Argentina called Depressivesunday, led by an anonymous individual who goes by the name of Ojos Funéreos. The band has released a few singles in the past, but as of June 4th, the band released its debut album Unending Autumn Funeral. To be honest, I am really not a fan of depressive black metal or depressive suicidal black metal or whatever you want to call it. It’s just something that I never found myself immersed in or enjoying like other people do, which might be a bit blasphemous on my part. Surprisingly enough, when I came across this band and heard their first single 'Lagrima', I actually enjoyed its depressive and eerie vibe, plus the riffs and the melodies really do hit hard. So, let’s dive in and see what this album has to offer.
The album starts with a dark and depressing piano intro 'Unending Autumn Funeral', which has a very classical composition vibe similar to that of “Marche funèbre” by Frédéric Chopin. The overall songwriting is very raw and primitive energy created by open string and tremolo riffs, along with drums that switch between mid-tempo and double-bass drumming. On top of that, the shrieking harsh vocal performance is very powerful and schizophrenic, but in a good way, with immense emotions as if the vocalist has gone through some insane torment or severe physical anguish. The dynamic songwriting was wonderfully applied to be at times weirdly catchy or very eerie like on 'Old Garden' and 'Lagrima', which also has a nice addition of melancholic keyboards that create a very uneasy atmosphere as if you’re playing a Silent Hill game. The riffs also have these moments when they sound either depressive, aggressive or dissonant, which manages to create a flow of various emotions from one section to another. At times, certain clean or even slightly distorted open string riffs feel like they’re piano compositions that were applied on guitars, once again going back to the part about the classical composition vibe which I mentioned earlier. The album also has a nice and eerie closure with the track 'Depressive Sunday', which along with the intro track finds itself in that area of dark classical music. The sound production is very raw with a buzzsaw guitar tone, which created its own wall of sound along with the clean sounding drum and vocals.
As someone who generally doesn’t like DSBM or know that much about it, I was very surprised to find myself enjoying and immersing myself fully on this album from start to finish. Ever since I first heard the single 'Lagrima', I had very high hopes about this band’s debut album, which promised that it will deliver something which is more than meets the eye. I am happy to say that this album isn’t generic or following a certain template copy-pasted by dozens of bands which fail to provide a genuine feeling other than utter boredom. The variety of emotions which you will experience on Unending Autumn Funeral might lead you to the brink of insanity, so be careful where you set foot because Depressivesunday ensures that you will lose yourself in the alienated world that Ojos Funéreos created. As for the band itself, I am very glad that this is not the case of a band that takes itself way too seriously but is ultimately a complete self-parody. Depressivesunday is no joke, and I hope you will see it as I did.
Rating: 8.6 out of 10647