Fvneral Fvkk’s debut album presents us with a monolithic epic doom record which concocts a brew of depression, desperation and despondency for your listening (dis)pleasure. Formed in Germany in 2015, and first coming to attention through their punchy 3 track EP Lecherous Liturgies, Fvneral Fvkk now bestow upon us a full-length aural scripture.
What are the contents of their scripture you ask? Well, nothing less than an utterly harrowing sermon giving voice to victims of heinous crimes committed by followers of the church. Hardly a ground-breaking concept in this genre but this is more than just a cheap shot at organised religion using tired old tropes. This is a desolate and powerful account, painfully imagined and told through the eyes of the victims.
The song writing on Carnal Confessions is simplistic in nature and each instrument serves to proficiently compliment and perfectly accent the song. However, don’t let our use of the word ‘simplistic’ fool you as there are memorable riffs, ghostly melodies, ghastly lyrics and trampling basslines afoot.
Hard-hitting songs cast a sorrowful net that capture the listener from the first note to the last while the choral-style vocals haul the listener to a cold and bleak environment, further adding to the dirge-like atmosphere. Fvneral Fvkk’s use of dynamics showcase their song-writing mastery, with momentary breaks adding real heft in the form of emotional despair to particularly abject lyrical themes.
Stand out tracks are “Poor Sisters of Nazareth” and “When God is Not Watching”, and we encourage you to check this record out if you like your doom with a side of hopelessness. Overall, Carnal Confessions is a fantastic release that we will continue to go back to for its head-banging riffs, fantastic song-writing and jolie laide story telling. 10/10
Decanus Obscaenus – Ropes & Chains
Vicarius Vespillo – Diggings & Burials
Frater Flagellum – Beatings & Whippings