Dom: Dom II End
Dom is a one-man funeral doom metal project from Spain. Created exclusively by Ivan "Belial" Manzano, Dom has managed to put out a number of releases in the short time it has been active. Dom is incredibly bleak with a morosely slow sound and some dark and disturbing soundscapes. The use of keyboards further adds to the hopeless sound. This is an instrumental band but for the most part vocals are not missed. At times, it tends to drag on with no real direction, but for the most part it sounds pretty good.
Lycus: Demo 2011
Lycus has been getting a little bit of hype, as well as the occasional mention over on Metalsucks. It is fairly well-deserved too. Lycus is not as slow-paced as other bands, and probably are more of a doom metal band with death metal-esque growled vocals in the vein of Swallow the Sun's first album than a funeral doom metal band. The music is compelling though. I will be on the lookout for their debut album which is supposed to release this year.
Winter is probably the most appropriate season for funeral doom, especially the really cold, miserable days and The Cold View have taken that concept and run with it. Musically, The Cold View bears a very strong resemblance to Ahab's debut album. I love that album so I am definitely on board here. It is very slow, very depressing, but with some surprisingly pretty moments if you listen close enough. I like this one quite a bit.
Ubi Sunt is quite an unusual group. Their album is based on the works of Thomas Campion and Solage, two composers from the Renaissance. Kind of an odd concept for a funeral doom metal band, but it comes across quite well. There is a heavy use of wind instruments, strings, and organs which really add a Renaissance flair to the music. The result is a very impressive mix. I like this one a lot.