Black Funeral is a legendary black metal band from the United States, formed in 1993, being one of the first black metal bands to emerge from the states. Journey Into Horizons Lost is their first demo from 1994, it has that true demo quality to it in the sense that it sounds before its time, Black Funeral developed throughout the years into a much different sounding black metal band than what was featured here in this early 90's demo. The first major thing separating the old Black Funeral from the new is the vocals, which sound more like Bael from France, that being more of a shrieking and sinistral moaning approach that adds a little bit more of an essence of anguish or despair. Black Funeral eventually becomes a purely occult black metal entity focused around black magick, rituals, and vampyrism, this demo sounds more like Michael Ford, author of Luciferian Witchcraft, simply being influenced at an early age from the black metal he was exposed to at that time. However, none of this is bad in my opinion, otherwise I wouldn't be posting his premiere, there's something exposed here that is genuine and very authentic. Being a visual person I'm including two alternate versions of the album art for the tape, original on top:
This is a considerably short demo, I would recommend listening to it all the way through for full effect, that meaning give the intro a chance as it is surprisingly enjoyable and atmospheric. The rest of the album is straight forward old school black metal in the spirit of the forests, the ancient forests, the vast starlit sky, and the Lord Sathanas. I suggest giving this a chance and then progressing upward through the Black Funeral ladder. This is a classic gem...
1. Intro: Within the Ballinor Mountains
2. Into the Stars of a Blazing Past
3. Journeys Into Horizons Lost
4. Land Beyond the Forest
5. Armageddon (Lord Sathanas Returns)
6. Voice of a Forgotten Ghoul