After having played a brand of death/thrash under the name REDEYE. After numerous demos and an EP the band changed their name to Hautajaisyo, switched all of their lyrics to Finnish and now play a completely depressing style of melodic death metal. As you can imply from the album artwork, the music isn’t brutal, it isn’t a straight forward onslaught of death metal either. The music that is within this self titled debut touches on suicide, death, sorrow and any other depressing thing you can think of.
Hautajaisyo does a great job of almost masking the depression and sorrow filled music. If you weren’t told that the music was about such macabre ideas you may not have guessed that that is what the album is truly about. They mask the melancholy melodies with harsher and more punishing melodies.
The nine songs that are present on this debut have a tendency to transition between ripping death metal and slower more melodic moments that are injected with a hint of brooding depression. This self titled debut lingers and hangs above your head like a black cloud. It follows you and makes sure that your day is just as sad and lonely as it is.
It isn’t exactly a mask that Hautajaisyo puts on, instead it is just their very particular style of play that makes it seem that the music isn’t just about the most depressing thing that you can think of. Death metal can be aggressive, it can be brutal and it can also be melancholy and morose and the melancholy and morose is what Hautajaisyo thrives on.
Displaying a more sensitive side to things and perhaps a different take on death metal gives the music a fresh breath of air. As mentioned, death metal can be depressing and it is at points, but this Finnish quartet take being depressive music to a new level. It may be a little hard to wrap your head around at first because you don’t know whether to headbang or hang yourself, and maybe you can do both at the same time.
The way that each song is displayed is in typical melodic death metal fashion. Each riff is memorable and fluid, the drumming is acrobatic without having to blast beat everything to death and the vocals aren’t guttural, instead they are of the mid to lower range variety. For the duration of this album, the riffs noticeably transition between the fast and heavy chugging of death metal, to a lighter more atmospheric riff. The drums pummel on putting on a solid performance as the bass chugs in the background.
Each of the nine songs are fluid, hard hitting and masterfully crafted. The musicianship is pin point, the production is clean and the song placement is great. Having transitioned from death/thrash to depressive death metal is a bit of a leap, but Hautajaisyo pull it off and they execute on all phases of this debut. Hautajaisyo make you want to headbang as well as lock yourself in your room and cut your sorrows away. This self titled debut is a great statement of things to come.
Hautajaisyo comes out with their self titled debut through Inverse Records on October 31st.