[Reviewed by: Iaha Crax]
Musically nourishing form the seeds of melodic death-doom, Marche Funèbre narrates an emotional journey through pain and regrets of past moments prolonged into present depression and melancholia. Lessons accepted it is time to embrace into the anonymous soothing of nothingness. Their discourse reflects romantic sensibilities and show off a great talent to depict human emotions. “Einderlicht” contains plenty of reflections on the disillusionment life brings as existence would be a continuous of failed attempts. The lyrics are an indissociable feature of their speech, every song gravitates around the image of a lost plenitude, gathering solitude, loss, regret or fear.
Despite a large scene of the genre, few bands success in compressing sorrow and despair in such a simple manner as Marche Funèbre does by keeping a high standard for songs that have the weight of a feather taken by the storm. As one celebrated poem by Alfred de Musset, a key-figure in romantic poetry, they intimately play on our feelings by “rendering a new charm to past sorrows” (Ce n’est point assez de tant de tristesse/Et ne vois-tu pas que changer sans cesse/Nous rend doux et chers les chagrins passés? Chanson – J’ai dit à mon cœur)
The Canadian label Hypnotic Dirge records recommends the record “for fans of My Dying Bride, Saturnus, Swallow the Sun,Officium Triste, Mourning Beloveth, (old) Paradise Lost”. The Belgian band continues a tradition of bleak but mesmerizing beauty that will always find room in our hearts “in times of innumerable interactions brought forth by modern age”.