Exposé Online banner

Haiku Funeral — Hallucinations
(Aesthetic Death ADCD 034, 2016, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2017-08-06

Hallucinations Cover art

For four albums of grotesque mutant psychedelic madness, Haiku Funeral has been the duo of Bulgarian vocalist / guitarist / keyboardist Dimitar Dimitrov, a veteran of black metal bands like Glades of Gloom, Corpus Diavolus and others, and American bassist William Kopecky (of Far Corner, Yeti Rain, Telescope Road, Snarling Adjective Convention, and of course Kopecky). The duo created truly frightening works, a collision of Dimitrov’s black metal background and Kopecky’s exprimental psychedelic visions. Sometime between the last Haiku Funeral Nightmare Painting (2012) and the album at hand, Haiku Funeral added Finnish drummer David Lillkvist (also of Telescope Road and various other bands) to the mix, which has added a more defining structure to their sound, but still every bit as alien, psychedelic, and frightful. Dark is a relative descriptive word, but their sound is truly sinister and amoebic, conjuring up horrific nightmare soundtracks and the essence of fear. One could easily be duped into believing that the presence of drums and percussion would ‘straighten out’ their music and make it more ‘rock-like’ but it doesn’t. In fact quite the opposte – it seems to have taken a leap of the deep end into the black vector of horror, evoking intense and profound fear. The CD booklet artwork matches the music, featuring the likes of satanic gargoyles, blazing infernos, monks in shrouds with no faces, and other mysterious foreboding imagery. I’ve only heard the first two and this one – their fifth, but the addition of percussion to the sound has been truly transformative. Play Hallucinations enough times and I’m sure the devil will show up to collect his due!


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): William Kopecky / Smashpalace, Haiku Funeral

Latest news

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Solstice - Spirit – One of the bright spots of 2010 was the return of Solstice. It's been 13 years since their last studio effort, Circles, and I was beginning to wonder if they'd ever return. Other than Andy Glass'...  (2011) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues