Haiku Funeral are a band from France that has had an album reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays a mixture of blackened industrial and ritualistic satanic ambient and this is a review of their 2018 double album "Decadent Luminosity" which was released by Aesthetic Death.
Atmospheric soundscapes start off the first side of album while some of the tracks are very long and epic in length along with the music also mixing in a great amount of industrial elements as well as the vocals being mostly done in a very grim black metal style and synths are also added into certain sections of the recording.
A great amount of programmed and militant beats are also used quite a bit throughout the recording along with some melodic chants also being used briefly as well as a brief use of stringed instruments, some tracks also add in whispered style vocals and there is also a brief use of female vocals and spoken word parts and when percussion is utilized briefly it adds in more of a shamanistic atmosphere and the closing track also adds in elements of Indian ethnic music.
Ritualistic percussion's start off the second sound of the album along with some clear yet chanting vocals while spoken word parts are also added into some parts of the music and they also sound very demonic at times as well as some of the tracks being very long and epic in length.
Ambient style synths and ritualistic soundscapes are also a very huge part of the second half of the album while grim whispers are also added into certain sections of the recording along with the music also getting very experimental and avant garde at times and one of the tracks is an instrumental.
With this double album Haiku Funeral brings out 2 different sides of their musical style with the first side being blackened industrial and the second side ritualistic satanic ambient, the production sounds very dark while the lyrics cover Satanism, Eastern/Western Occultism, Rituals and Darkness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Haiku Funeral an if you are a fan of black metal, industrial, experimental, ritual and dark ambient, you should check out this double album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Scientia Intra Satana" "Dreaming Kali In The Temple Of Fire" "Lacerate The Light" and "Endlessly". 8 out of 10.