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.
arawana123
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arawana123 Amazing hard rock recording firmly rooted in the 70s. Great compositions and performance. Highly recommended !
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1.
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)
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Awakening 06:30
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
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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)
4.
Firedrake 06:53
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)
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Casimir 06:49
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)
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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)

about

'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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