Thursday, 10 August 2017

BLUES FUNERAL - Awakening



Blues Funeral - 'Awakening'


So we're a year on from Blues Funeral's 'The Search' and the Time Lords have awoken from their cryogenic slumber once again, to give us another demonstration of what a 70's style proto rock release should sound like.

'Awakening' sees Blues Funeral far more comfortable in its own skin, confident in the knowledge that the band had excelled in what they wanted to achieve with 'The Search.' With that album it was obvious that the band were trying REALLY hard to emulate the heavy rock sound of the pre NWOBHM days, so much so that it felt like 'The Search' was running the risk of falling apart at the seams, such were the myriad of ideas thrown into each song. To the bands credit, it didn't and it became a prime example of how to take an snapshot of music from a completely different era, done to death by numerous clones, and keep it fresh and thoroughly enjoyable to the listener.

With 'Awakening' Blues Funeral has produced an album that is far more relaxed than it's predecessor, each track seamlessly, and smoothly melds into the next. The instruments, endlessly vying for dominance on 'The Search' are allowed to compliment one another on 'Awakening', given chance to breathe, which in turn means that guitar, drums, vocals and bass and organ, are joyously entwined in a tango of glorious, prog enriched rock.




For comparison, the nearest recent release is the self titled album by Necromandus. What makes 'Awakening' so different is the diversity and willingness to experiment. The metal thread that was prominent throughout 'The Search' has been blunted a little, but stepping up to the plate we have the glowing twin guitar licks of Maurice Eggenschwiler, and Jan Kimmel, enriched by an accompaniment of swirling organ, more prominent here than on 'The Search.'

To sum up what 'Awakening' by Blues Funeral means to the modern rock scene that hankers after the vintage glory of the great late 60's,early 70's, their first release 'The Search' resuscitated the  corpse of overblown progressive hard rock, 'Awakening' however has it dancing a jig.