Awakening

by Blues Funeral

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Rock Man (Dave Proger)
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Rock Man (Dave Proger) Blues Funeral does it again... Album of the year canidate for the second year in a row!!! Listen at extreme volume for maximum enjoyment!!!
JD Quenzer
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JD Quenzer 'The Search' was one of my favourite albums of last year so I naturally hit "Buy Album" without listening. 'Awakening' is hitting all the buttons I expected it would and, although it's too early to pick a favourite track, it's clear Blues Funeral have once again produced what will be an Album of the Year on my radio show, Into The Void on Astro Radio.
paul rote
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paul rote Early Scorpions meets Wishbone Ash meets Traditional doom . Exceptional quality of musicianship!
and yes , album of the year candidate . Favorite track: Shadow of the Snake.
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'Awakening' was written and arranged through the months of July 2016 - April 2017. The music on this record is a continuation of the musical themes present on their debut outing, The Search. Guitar and vocal harmonies, organ swells, thundering drums, and groovy bass lines define the sound while being rooted in a vision of music that was born out of the 60’s and 70’s (think Cream, Deep Purple, and Uriah Heep but with a cross section of Candlemass for good measure). Awakening goes as far as to explore elements of world music and jazz while still maintaining a firm footing in Blues Funeral’s trademark hard rock and metal sensibilities.

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released August 25, 2017

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Guest vocals by Kelly Cousins Adams on 'Firedrake'
Additional guest vocals by Cory Cousins on 'Awakening' and 'Casimir'

Recorded and Mixed May 2017 - June 2017 at Lucky Run Studios in Houston, TX.
Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago, IL.
Artwork and layout by: David Paul Seymour

"Given the progressive feel they elicit throughout, that underlying consciousness couldn’t be more appropriate, and it is one more way in which Blues Funeral earn the listener’s trust in terms of the moves they make here and, invariably, those that will follow their next time out." - JJ Koczan, The Obelisk

"What impressed me most about “Awakening” was the whole package. The harmonious vocals, the lofty guitar leads with earthy rhythms and the drums that gives the music a heart. This music took me back to listening to the late nights listening rebroadcasts of “The King Biscuit Flower Hour” on the local Classic Rock station were I was schooled on rock as a teen." - Terry Cuyler, TasteNation LLC

"With 'Awakening' Blues Funeral has produced an album that is far more relaxed than it's predecessor, each track seamlessly, and smoothly melds into the next." - Steve Woodier, Shrieks From Below

"With every listen, Awakening gets better and more impressive." - Papa Paul, Doomed & Stoned

"All in all, with the compelling guitar lines at the forefront, Blues Funeral's 21st century take on classic retro, metal-infused, heavy rock is both creative and entertaining. Don't miss this one. Easily recommended." - Craig Hartranft, Dangerdog

"Such attention to the details most people probably never notice further ensures a level of quality that may surprise you. Not only is the music masterfully played, but nothing overpowers the composition." - Ernesto Aguilar, Sludgelord

"While you can say this album is a perfect continuation of their debut, for my money Awakening is a grand leap forward, as they showcase their instrumental virtuosity even further, embrace their influences more closely, and taken their songwriting skills easily to the next level." - Pete Pardo, Sea of Tranquility

"Blues Funeral has a powerful raw sound that inches it’s way into the doom genre and is drenched with bluesy guitar riffs. Their sound is unique and a blend of so many different influences. The vocal harmonies are a powerful bait that hooks you and drags you into their sound. There is an ambiance within their music, it’s like a landscape mural you want to get lost in. By far one of the most diverse and vibrant releases of the year."- Fist, MetalNexus

"The production is handled superbly well with the album striking the right balance between the quieter and louder parts of the album. Awakening is a superb album and Blues Funeral should have no trouble in finding a dedicated audience within the Hard Rock/Classic Rock/Heavy Metal community." - Steve Howe, Outlaws of the Sun

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Blues Funeral Houston, Texas

Following a temporary hiatus for Sanctus Bellum in November of 2014, Sanctus Bellum members, Jan Kimmel, Cory Cousins, and Maurice
Eggenschwiler immediately formed Blues Funeral
recruiting Gabe Katz on bass, and spent the next several
months writing.
This has culminated into a diverse array of proto-metal
and progressive rock very much steeped in a vision of the music from the 60’s and 70’s.
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Track Name: Shadow of the Snake
Shadow of the Snake

Music by: Blues Funeral
Lyrics by: Maurice Eggenschwiler

The night is black with untold secrets
But the light on the hill is growing
Dark veils shuffle forth
Beneath the full moon glowing

Mount a cross in shallow earth
Wreathed between trees swaying
A gesture of cosmic deference
But not a moment for praying

Farewell my sanity
Your tears are just a forgery
These winds recall a memory
Of a time addled fallacy (yeah)

Thirty pieces of tainted silver
And a kiss for old time’s sake
Abandon reason in favor of treason
In the shadow of the Snake

A glass of absinthe to clear my head
False visions green and enticing
Devils summon me with Gabriel’s horn
Frozen valley arising

Deprived of all vitality
Your siren call, pure sophistry
A rising tide of malady
Descending on the revelry (yeah)

(Guitar Lead – Eggenschwiler)

(Organ Lead – Kimmel)
Track Name: Awakening
Awakening

Music by: Blues Funeral
Lyrics by: Jan Kimmel

(Lead – Eggenschwiler)

I want to ask you a question
The answer I may not like
In all the things I've experienced
Something I've yet to find

He walks upon the land
He is one with strife
Floats on darkest waters
Rediscovered life

(Lead – Kimmel)

I want to pose you a question
The answer may not be right
Here there is an empty shell
One day into one of the night

He walks upon the land
He is one with strife
Floats on darkest waters
Rediscovered life

I haven't slept in years
I haven't dreamt since birth
When I first saw a light
And fell onto the earth

Eternal throne of sleep
Is where he rests his bones
Not to rejoice not to weep
Not his but not disowned

(Lead – Eggenschwiler)

(Lead – Kimmel)

I am awake now
I am awake now
I am awake now
I am awake now

He walks upon the land
He is one with strife
Floats on darkest waters
Rediscovered life

I haven't slept in years
I haven't dreamt since birth
When I first saw a light
And fell onto the earth

Eternal throne of sleep
Is where he rests his bones
Not to rejoice not to weep
Not his but not disowned
Track Name: Illusions of Reality
Illusions of Reality

Music by: Blues Funeral
Lyrics by: Jan Kimmel

Where have you been? I couldn't find you in the firelight
Lost in this sin, another kind of feeling tonight

Reckless, but shy
Invested, such pride
Makes no difference to me
I got the dark by my side

Whom did you see? I want to know if they have opened their eyes
Taken from me, another way of stealing tonight

(Lead – Eggenschwiler)

Restless, inside
Entrusted, so right
Makes no difference to me
Cuz I've got you by my side

Is this reality?
Is it “us” or just you and me?
Addicted to fantasy
We break into heresy

(Lead – Eggenschwiler)

He's meant to be alone
You won't find him
Made to follow home
You won't guide him

(Lead – Kimmel)

Will you believe? I have to know before the sun rises high
Thousands of leaves, have fallen from the trees as winter presides

Is this reality?
Is it “us” or just you and me?
Addicted to fantasy
We break into heresy

Is this reality?
Is it “us” or just you and me?
Addicted to fantasy
We break into heresy

(Lead – Kimmel)
Track Name: Firedrake
Firedrake

Music by: Blues Funeral
Lyrics by: Maurice Eggenschwiler

Washed up on a shore
Framed between yesterday and nowhere
A thousand bones maybe more
Speaking in abject silence

Stay close my child
We’ll brave this rain

Moonless sky overhead
Hearts heavy with dread for tomorrow
Do you envy the dead?
Gods cry when even Death feels sorrow

Sleep now my child
We’ll brave this pain

We wait for the dawn
But the dawn waits for no one

Yet here we stand
Holding fire
With the ash in my hand
My hope’s raised higher

The dreams of the past
Shall fade in a whisper
I want these embers to last
Even if I’m a drifter

We wait for the dawn
But the dawn waits for no one

Yet here we stand
On this trail
Though dust covers the land
You will prevail

A place you never knew
Now words on a page
Fear not my firedrake
You’ll bring sun to this Age

(Lead – Kimmel)

(Lead – Eggenschwiler)
Track Name: Casimir
Casimir

Music by: Blues Funeral
Lyrics by: Jan Kimmel

(Intro theme – Eggenschwiler)
(Intro theme – Kimmel)

(Melody – Eggenschwiler)
(Melody – Kimmel)

A wave that pulls aside
The fiery notions keeping one alive
Compelling and divine
One will not swallow a single crime

Found in a strand of time
A chance occurrence, inside another's mind
They become intertwined
One does not follow; she doesn't mind
She does not mind

(Melody – Eggenschwiler)
(Melody – Kimmel)

A thought so deep
It's got to be from somewhere else

Played by the sea
Without a sense of himself

Lost in a strand of time
Another occurrence, inside another's mind
They become intertwined
One cannot follow; she pays no mind
She pays no mind

(Melody – Eggenschwiler)
(Melody – Kimmel)

Running to that place
Of ghosts and brick and stone
Alleyways and moonlight
So small but not alone

Feeling so heavy
With demons on his shoulders
Yet so enlightened and
Never getting older

Under a streetlight
Thousands of years
Cannot extradite
A lifetime full of tears

(Solo – Eggenschwiler)
(Solo – Kimmel)

(outro theme – Kimmel)
(outro theme – Eggenschwiler)
Track Name: The Gathering Dust
The Gathering Dust

Music by: Blues Funeral
Lyrics by: Maurice Eggenschwiler

Deep within these halls so white
Two figures dance by candlelight
Sun and Moon, their hands entwined
Each step, a footprint in my mind,

Each mask conceals a face I know
A stale, blank gaze with eyes aglow
The music swells, then fades away
Beneath the apex of decay

“Consider this”, they stared and said,
Liberty is for the dead

Lost in the gathering dust
Frames surrounded by rust
Gone were the days of trust
Basking in the unjust
Portraits, depicting the atrophy
Of an everlasting fantasy

Standing on the parlor floor
A statue of forgotten lore
Defiantly it beckons them
Behold the princely diadem

The words they speak are dark and bright
Bereaved of their own sense of sight
Lost within this maze of tempest
Guided by their own unrest

“Observe” they said as one
Will you remember…when we’re gone

Lost in the gathering dust
Frames surrounded by rust
Gone were the days of trust
Basking in the unjust
Portraits, depicting the atrophy
Of an everlasting fantasy

(Lead – Eggenschwiler)

(Lead – Kimmel)

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