No Funeral – Mankind is Carrion, Fit for Nothing [US, Sludge / Doom] (2017)


Self Released | 12-30-17

Genre: Sludge/Doom Metal. Lyrical themes: Drug addiction, Nihilism, Depression, Death, Misanthropy. You already know what you are getting into just by the summary of this release. Even looking at the band photos, one can assume most things about this sound. I have been more than honest about my stance on sludge and doom as a whole and while I have an aversion to most of the genre, hearing well done sludge doom about Drug addiction, Nihilism, Depression, Death, and Misanthropy is more than welcome.

Mankind is Carrion, Fit for Nothing is the last EP of 2017 for No Funeral. This closes out a sparse year with only another split released with Livid. This is sort of disappointing as the band’s visual aesthetic of rough photocopied artwork is interesting when combined with the hateful music. It seems like this band gives no shits what you think and each release is a punch to the spine. Combine this with a generous use of soundclips within the music and one has everything that is expected from a sound that delivers on every front.

Perhaps I will move into exploring more sludge/stoner/doom in the new year as long as they retain the aesthetic which does not cross the border of parody. Perhaps I will get over my prejudice against slow music and just enjoy the aesthetic like other people. For now, I think I am happy with No Funeral as it is teaching me to get lost in a tomb of smoke.