Localized sounds are inescapable in black metal. There are riffs which sound "French," chords which are "Norwegian," and even atmospheres which are "American." Though stereotypical regional sounds are more "cartoonish" or caricaturesque examples of the genre at work in a certain place, there is a validity to tags like "atmospheric USBM" or "French black metal," a gap between which French solo artist Lure bridges on their first release, Morbid Funeral.

Mastermind P., also of tattoo/art brand Business for Satan and bands like Silver Knife, does an astonishing job of finding middle ground between the stoic melodicisms of French black metal's roots, as well as the more expressive, longer-form musings of early 2010s underground US black metal. At times, the three lengthy songs found on Morbid Funeral sound like both at the same time -- a mark of true musical craftsmanship. P.'s grasp of black metal's passion, expressionism, and a hidden progressive mindset, results in one of the cooler, more unexpected releases of 2020. The true allure of this album is that, while it sounds like both American and French black metal, it also sounds like neither. Lure is its own thing, and that's pretty cool. Listen to an exclusive full-album stream of Morbid Funeral below.

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Morbid Funeral releases October 31st in a limited, one-time vinyl release on Amor Fati Productions.

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