Roel de Haan : Funeral doom from Japan! Unexpected even in this day and age. However in comes Funeral Moth with their second album ‘Transience’. Featuring only two songs, but still lasting about forty minutes, you do the math. Slow dirges, deep growls (in Japanese no less!) depressive lead guitars and general bleak atmosphere are the staples of Funeral Moth. Stylistically, ‘Transience’ lies somewhere in between Mournful Congregation, Catacombs and Morgion, not a bad bunch to be influenced by. They even add a slight Black Sabbath touch to some of the riffs. The atmosphere created is effective but Funeral Moth could improve their lead work by making it slightly more compelling and complex. It is hard to create very long songs that are interesting for its entirety and Funeral Moth falls short in this department, with quite some dragging parts. ‘Transience’ is far from being bad, but offers too less ingenuity to make a lasting impression.