Funeral Mantra are a band from Italy that plays a mixture of stoner and doom metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Afterglow" which was released by Sliptrick Records.
Avant garde sounds start off the album along with some distorted yet melodic guitar riffing a few seconds later as well as a brief use of spoken word parts and after the intro the music gets a lot more heavier and starts to mix in elements of doom metal while the vocals are done in more of a groove metal direction while still being melodic at times.
Death metal growls can also be heard at times and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the solos and leads also stick to more of a dark doom metal direction while also adding in a touch of blues rock at times and when clean playing is utilized it gives the songs a psychedelic edge and there are also a lot of stoner rock elements being mixed in quite a bit throughout the recording and some of the tracks are long and epic in length and the songs stick to either a slow or mid paced musical direction and acoustic guitars are added onto the last song.
Funeral Mantra plays a musical style that takes stoner rock and doom metal and mixes them together along with a touch of death and groove metal which makes the songs stand out a bit more, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover introspection, death, afterlife, reincarnation and dreamy substance induced scenarios themes.
In my opinion Funeral Mantra are a very great sounding mixture of stoner and doom metal with some touches of death and groove metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dimensions Onward" "In These Eyes" "Counterfeit Soul" and "Afterglow". 8 out of 10.