If extremely bleak, corroded doom metal is your preferred audio damage, then I highly suggest you begin checking out the Total Rust catalog, pronto. I dicsovered this Israeli based label at the beginning of the summer when the label head Gad contacted me about stocking his releases through Crucial Blast...and it only took a few minutes of perusing the Total Rust website to realize that this label is indeed putting out the ultra-heavy stuff. Releases from long-time sludgecore faves Negative Reaction and newcomers Mourning Dawn and The Knell had me instantly drooling for Total Rust's entire catalog, and I've been discovering some amazing new stuff like Funeralium. This French band has members of Mourning Dawn and old schoolers Ataraxie, but the sound here is way more stripped down and nasty than either of those outfits...no, Funeralium are extreme doom of the most tortured type, and their six-song, 76 minute debut CD on Total Rust is all lumbering, ultra-bleak steez that's one of the more psychotic sounding takes on extreme doom since Khanate hung up their straitjackets. Funeralium's mangled doom riffs are stretched waaay out over plodding drum strikes, lush buzzing powerchords hanging in the dank between the super slow motion dirge beats while the singer "Marquis" spewing hysterical wailing screams and deep, ogrish grunts. Funeralium's use of feedback is pretty inspired as well, with killer strains of amplifier howl summoned from their cabinets and forged into sheets of ominous drone that floats wraithlike alongside their pounding, depressing dirge doom. It's those crazed, freaked out and expressive vocals that really set this apart though, sounding genuinely tormented, like the demented howls and weeping of a schizophrenic mental patient locked away in a padded cell. Imagine the unhinged suicidal screamathons of Striborg or Abruptum combined with a devestating extreme doom assualt a la Burning Witch, Thorr's Hammer, Moss, Khanate, or Thergothon. Crushing, droning, skullmelting heaviness that batters you into a trance with it's nearly 20-minute song lengths and minimalistic, repetitive riffing, using some interesting breaks into passages of clean guitars and abstract riffs stripped of any distortion, which accentuate the bulldozing heaviness when the serious riffage kicks in. Comes with a thick 16 page booklet filled with lyrics (which will ruin yer day, believe me) and strange, subtly creepy artwork.