HALLOWED BUTCHERY "funeral rites for the living" CD
“Hallowed Butchery is pretty cool. Mr. Fairfield claims to take influence from bands ranging from Black Sabbath to Johnny Cash and back to Melvins, passing Cocteau Twins and T. Rex along the way. While I’m sure he enjoys all these (great) bands, the end result has more in common of Funeral Doom á la Tyranny blended in with a good deal of Sludge, various hysteric movie samples and the occasional odd part.
Those ill-willed could argue that the album doesn’t really have a story to it, that it doesn’t really go anywhere. And it is a fact that this album does not contain ‘songs’, or a musical red thread. In fact, this album is pretty random, but I believe it is random intentionally so. Like a carnival bizarre, sections of groaning angry sludge morph into warm acoustic strumming, while moments later tribal drums and symphonics take over and push the wall of sound sky high, to later dissolve into a Neil Young cover that leaves you with that particular feeling you have after having been drugged up and drugged out for way too long. That is, in a nutshell, this album, and it’s musically deranged and innovative structure is what I so greatly appreciate. If you’re in for this, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy this grande collage of various extreme and estranging sounds. For some every musical idea that is portrayed is too short-lived, but to me it adds to the schizophrenic nature of the album.
Besides that, the musicianship is top-notch and the impressive atmosphere Mr. Fairfield puts up all by himself is quite a feat. Even the production has been taken care of wonderfully – Hallowed Butchery doesn’t settle for half-done work, it seems. Every instrument blends nicely in with the others, nothing tones sound out-of-context or misplaced and when the need is there the sound is downright majestic." ( metalstorm )