The Search

by Blues Funeral

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'The Search' was written and arranged through the months of November 2014 - February 2016. The music on this record is as much a reflection of our love of Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Cream, Atomic Rooster, Wishbone Ash and countless others as well as more modern metal leanings. If you're in to harmonized guitar, tasteful soloing, groove, thundering bass, swirling organ, and classic harmonized vocal stylings... this record is for you.

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released July 30, 2016

Recorded and Mixed in May 2016 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

--"It takes a lot to bring a smile and a smile to this jaded listener, but I’ll be damned if BLUES FUNERAL didn’t go and steal my heart"' - Billy Goate, Doomed and Stoned

--"Blues Funeral obviously went all out to make 'The Search
sound as authentically 70's as they could, but on hearing
the final mix, even they must have pissed themselves
laughing in wonderment at how much they have
succeeded." - Steve Woodier, The Shrieks From Below

--"I assure you that there isn’t anything like this band on the market right now. They are truly a prototype for exactly what a lot of bands are trying to achieve and can’t. Don’t let this album pass you by." - B.J. Rowe, Metal Nexus

--"With a sound reminiscent of 1970s power acts like Deep Purple, but with modern metal melodies, Blues Funeral appeals to a range of audiences" - Mike Emery, Chron.com

--"The Search is a wonderful debut album and it’s one that will soon have you under its weird magical spell." - Steve Howe, Outlaws of the Sun

--"It’s a tough road to travel carrying the influences they do but the signs are good and we may expect even greater things in future." - Martyn Coppack, Echoes and Dust

--"There’s a glut of retro-rock being practiced all over the world at the moment, but Blues Funeral nevertheless manages to stand out." - Nathan Smith, Houston Press

--"Overall, The Search is an objectively good album. Music enthusiasts of all walks of life could appreciate the great musicianship in its guitar riffs and solos, note patterns and careful composition of each song as well the success that was the integration of genres that normally would have nothing to do with each other. " -Isabel Osanna Andujar, Metal On Loud Magazine

--"The guitar work throughout The Search is excellent, and both both players also share in the vocals, another highlight which also gives a bit of variety as both have distinctive styles. The rhythms are pounding, the songs instantly memorable, and the production has a vintage feel." -Pete Pardo, Sea of Tranquility

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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: Autumn Dream
There was a whisper that was tearing at my mind
Like a dagger that smelled so sweet
A constant reminder of the guilt for my crime
I always knew we were never meant to be

I rode for days, unto the place where I first saw you
Thought I could chase a glimpse of sun once last time
There was a haze that manifested in the forest
It was a maze I knew I’d never escape

Like writhing snakes, the onyx tresses of your hair
Lay scattered still beneath the old oak tree
As if to warn of some impending danger
Perhaps the hemlock will finally set me free

It haunts me,
Your frozen stare,
A burden,
We will never share,

The scarlet tears that hide your emerald eyes
Recall the first time the raven sang for me
Somewhere inside there was a feeling of jubilee
Perhaps another lie about the man I used to be

Strange patterns of leaves on the ground
A place for me to search for peace
There is a hope that one day you’ll forgive me
For the pain I saw one autumn in a dream

My eyes close
Lying next to you
It’s over now
The life we never knew
Track Name: Harbinger
Through halls of mirrors,
Reflection still unseen,
Figure moving nearer,
Perception or a dream,

Clad in soiled linen,
Familiar but foreign still,
In his hands glass slippin’
Suppression of his will,

Erase this vision,
It burns inside,
Pull back the curtains,
On a starless night,

Still river flowing,
Concealed horrors within,
The wind is moanin’
Sweepin’ away all that’s been

Apparition returning,
His eyes are blackened coal,
Ground beneath him is burnin’,
Littered with coins for his soul,

Erase this vision,
The sky hangs low,
Pull back the curtains,
Watch the madness grow

An arrow drawn,
From the bow I carry still,
Your dragon ship,
Slips away,

The dancing light,
Through growing smog is all I have,
A smile concealed,
Behind my tears.
Track Name: Planet Void
Son, come take a look
These pyres burn so brightly
Casting shadows so long
march to their own life beat

The colors in the sky
Remind us there is always "why?"
And if we are to die then
Glance once more and know my eyes

Whatever we're searching for / Whatever we're crying for
The scraps on the killing floor / I can't find them
The things that have left us poor / The feelings we're letting go
To chase after something more / I can't find it

The beasts that roamed the wild
Now tamed by angry child
Covered in clouds of black
From wicked man's attack

A forest of Orange is dead
And while we rest our heads
The knowledge escapes again
And we keep warring on

Whatever we're searching for / Whatever we're crying for
The scraps on the killing floor / I can't find them
The things that have left us poor / The feelings we're letting go
To chase after something more / I can't find it

I don't want this for you
But what can man do, after all?
You’ve got to grow
And then you’ll find what you know

Something’s happened to you
It has befallen us all
If we only knew we’d
Crumble to our knees and call

Whatever we're searching for / Whatever we're crying for
The scraps on the killing floor / I can't find them
The things that have left us poor / The feelings we're letting go
To chase after something more / I can't find it

Whatever we're searching for / Whatever we're crying for
The scraps on the killing floor / I can't find them
The poison that makes us pure / The reason that we abjure
Whatever it is I want more / And I'm not lying
Track Name: Paragon of Virtue
Verse:
I am deceit that brought the chains of Hades,
And made a jester of a king,
I am the quiet whisper on a tree branch,
Unrivaled by the deepest sting,

Chorus:
Your castle, a wilted flower
In a garden of decay,
Where tear drops mark the hours,
Beneath the sun's last ray,

Your streams are running black,
And I know you see it too,
Your homes of gossamer,
Now cracked, expose the truth,

Pre-verse:
Paragon of virtue,
Bloodless masquerade,
Malicious retinue,
Straw-man parade,

Verse:
I am the dagger, that pierced the tyrant's back,
An Eden born in crimson rain,
I am the noose on the end of a taut rope,
Sometimes the door to the end brings laughter,

Chorus:
Your castle, a wilted flower
In a garden of decay,
Where tear drops mark the hours,
Beneath the sun's last ray,

Your empire, a wax museum,
Bound with feckless glue,
Your legacy, a mausoleum,
Of dreams in a sallow hue,
Track Name: The Search
Well I've been chasing this high
Gone through kingdoms far and wide
Couldn't see through snow so dense
And it's hardly making sense

Steady my hand
Traverse the land
Try to advance
Become a man

Steady my hand
Across the land
I will advance
To become a man

(Oh she said) Take me tonight
And don't you let me go
Let me sit right by your throne
(I want to) Find where you are
And never let go
I just cannot be alone

I love more than anything the air
As it howls at high speed and blows through my hair
Don't decide now what to say
So much depends on the stops on the way

Gone in the night
Shimmering light
Stars in my eyes
Now I can fly

Gone in the night
Seeing no light
Stars do not lie
Only they fly

(Oh she said) Take me tonight
And don't you let me go
Let me sit right by your throne
(I want to) Find where you are
And never let go
I just cannot be alone

(Oh she said) Take me tonight
And don't you let me go
Let me sit right by your throne
(I want to) Find where you are
And never let go
I just cannot be alone

(And she said) Take me tonight
And don't you let me go
I'm gonna call you my own
(I want to) Know where you are
And never let go
I just will not be alone
Track Name: Palmdale
Light flashes across an ocean
To a dark soul on the other end
A child, who knows nothing
A voice which will soon the boy rend

You only bring me pain
I'm not entirely sure
You only bring me pain
I'm not created pure

My crystal ball
Don't say anything at all
Dark storm inside
Insane and precious high

Culled, raped and spent
Lost to sentiment
Never seen again
Bloody cold revenge

Monsoons of tears arrive
Drown every ship in his eyes
Wrecked by hurricane of regret
All he can do is upend

You only bring me pain
I'm not entirely sure
You only bring me pain
I'm not created pure

My crystal ball / It don't say anything at all
Dark storm inside / Insane and precious high
Culled, raped and spent / Lost to sentiment
Never seen again / Bloody cold revenge