Finnish extreme metallers FUNERIS NOCTURNUM have completed work on their fourth full-length album, "Existence Indifferent", tentatively due in early 2005 via Woodcut Records.
The follow-up to 2002's "Code 666: Religion Syndrome Deceased" features the group's brand-new lineup of Simo Rahikainen (IMN) on guitar, Matti Honkonen (Horgath) on bass, J-V Hintikka (Sin'equamnon) on guitar, Timo Häkkinen (TMON) on drums and Jimmy Salmi on vocals. "Right after we had recorded 'Code 666' we replaced our previous drummer Draco with Timo," explained Rahikainen. "Then during two months' span and some six months before the studio time we had booked, our keyboard player Ruho and singer Trmnt.xes both left the band. We didn't really have a place for the keyboards in our new music anyway and luckily we were able to find Jimmy to take care of the vocals. This band is continuing strong as ever!
"I'm really happy that after such a long break from recording we managed to produce an album this good!" continued main songwriter Rahikainen. "I think after three full-length albums, we now have a better line-up than ever and we are finding yet new paths for this band to take. Everyone is really excited about this album. Does it still sound like FUNERIS NOCTURNUM? Well, yes and no. Myself and Honkonen have been writing songs for this band since the first album, but our ideas and songwriting skills have come a long way since. We did some things a bit different this time around. In a way you can see this album as a mixture of all of our previous releases and then some more. Some songs are just as fast as those on the first album, but overall we're far from that. This album sounds more aggressive, dynamic and straightforward. The lyrics go deep into human mind's perversities and obsessions as well as paradoxes and disadvantages of modern society."
Of the tracks on the new album, Rahikainen added, "There are certainly some of the slowest songs we have ever done on the album, but overall it's really aggressive and quite a fast album. We have consciously taken steps aside from black metal and added touches of death metal." When asked about the title, Rahikainen revealed "'Existence Indifferent' comes from the category meaning that existence and self-consciousness are the same being. The same, not as a matter of comparison, but really and truly in and for themselves. The rest of the meanings? Try to figure it out for yourself. Prepare yourself, this album is going to hit you hard."
"Existence Indifferent" track listing:
01. Regiment of Inhumanity
02. Lifeless and Blistering
03. Predatory Acts
04. World to Dominate
05. Refuelling The Black Blood
06. Dead Wounded Imprisoned
08. Hypothesis of Humankind
09. Existence Indifferent