Funeral Rites for the Living

by Hallowed Butchery

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tobias_rieper An album as perplexing as wearing sandals with socks. But then again, if you ever wanted to know what radio-edit sized bits of weirdo doom sound like...
I would not recommend this to a sane person. If you happen to be insane, knock yourself out! Favorite track: Back Asswards.
Jason Shook
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Jason Shook One word can describe this album.. Colossal! Here you will find a threnody of thick darkness woven finely into quiet somberness, yet with something always lurking behind the curtain. Fans of Neurosis and family will find a welcome seat at this mans table. An intelligent and realized piece of work. Strongly recommended. Favorite track: Great North Woods.
Yawning Druid
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Yawning Druid Incredibly bizarre, boundary-less doom. Impossible to predict, yet digestible. From mountainous doom riffs to obscure layers of chasmic sound walls and even neo-folk passages, this album takes everything you know about doom metal and shatters it. Favorite track: After the Gold Rush.
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Infernal Moon Streetwear such a great band! melodic, laid back then all of a sudden your being drenched by a 5 ton brick bath of heavy riffs. a type of avant garde that takes me back to the band Mind Rot. this album is definitely well versed! Favorite track: Pantheon Enthroned.
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There is a place where this world lives and breathes A place you've only seen in photographs A place that you idolize, but you'll never know Because you choose to not know To know the God of this forest This God of the trees This God of the brooks This God of the wind and the rain This God of the mountains and the valleys For in your mind, these things are no more These things are nonexistent These things are paved and priced
Doomed from day one Doomed, God's only son Doomed from day one Doomed, the chosen one: God Summon the dead Awaken, oh sleeper! Something lurks deep within me How do I know that this it? What makes me sure of it? Show me the sun when she's not shining Still... what is my hope may be your eternal suffering
In these virgin woods, the traces of man are but a footstep Not a sound of civilization, nor a whisper of invention There is none but the God of this forest, And all of his creation Only time will tell, will this be a lasting haven? Or a place of unholy pavement? One with the earth One with the sea
KILL! Why play in reverse what you can play forward? KILL!
The Kennebec 04:49
From the river to the coast: Lumber, ice, and ships we boast Always cutting until it bleeds Always taking more than we need Building towns along its flow, as we curse its undertow Industries beginning to falter, so we pillage the river's altar Dumping waste into her gut, as we carry this selfish glut She is dead and headless now And we claim "we don't know how" She becomes a sickening mess Her rites are read as she's laid to rest But her lovers are remaining strong, Dedicating their lives to her song She sings, "tempt me, tempt me, tempt me... Just wait and see" Down by the Kennebec Down by the river bed She will cut your neck She will take your head
This is not my god at work in these men! (The song features a variety of audio clips of Christian evangelists).


Hallowed Butchery's debut album.

"Macabre doom marches through riffs cast in fire and brimstone are the lifeline of this record, but don't be surprised to find the roars burning up in the atmosphere around spiritual acoustic passages, tribal flickers, odious moments of discordant nothingness and other layers of undefinable chaos. Fairfield's lyrics are thoughtful and personal, as he explores environmental themes with different shades of mournful singing and damning cries; tackling a hatred for christian extremity with the aforementioned voices of twisted preachers.

The whole situation is never too far from crashing back into the slow motion collisions of crashing cymbals and viciously deep growls, exiting with a particularly unique yet suitable cover of Neil Young's “After the Gold Rush”, honorably amplifying and continuing the subject of a dying earth to Hallowed Butchery proportions." - MetalReview


released June 1, 2009

Vinyl/CD release on Vendetta Records. Pro-tape release on Sacred Tapes. Mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate). Written, Performed, Produced, and Recorded by Ryan Fairfield in the privacy of his rural Maine home. "After the Gold Rush" written by Neil Young.


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Hallowed Butchery is the solo musical endeavor of Ryan Scott Fairfield. Ryan writes, performs, and records experimental funeral doom metal in the privacy of his rural Maine home.

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