28 Years Ago: DECOMPOSED record The Funeral Obsession

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28 Years Ago: DECOMPOSED record The Funeral Obsession

...Decomposed is a kind of death metal band. The only one in London I think? We may not be? Who knows! We play a weird kind of doom/death with very strange influences from Voivod to Dream Theatre to Confessor and everything!
...No band directly influences out music but every band we hear affects us in some small way! We listen to strange things - Cardiacs, Voivod, Watchtower, Confessor, Entomed, Black Crowes, Gary Moore, anything! R.E.M.!

Tim Spear / Decomposed interview, Sombre Eve #1, 1992

DECOMPOSED recorded The Funeral Obsession on this day in 1992 at Rhythm Studios. Killer death / doom from Croydon.

[Lyrics] are about life and death. About the realisation that everyday life is not life at all, merely a slow process of dying. You live to die and that's it! They concern with funerals and the funeral service in England.

Tim Spear / Decomposed interview, Sombre Eve #1, 1992

This 12" was the first major release by the band following three demos.

It's outselling the demos. It's sold about 700 so far and the demos sold about 500 each. It's going really well the response has been terrific.

Tim Spear / Decomposed interview, Sombre Eve #1, 1992

The back of the sleeve features a photo of masks.

...the masks are actually cast from our faces. One of the girls from my art college made them and I photographed them in a bath of blood. I really like how they came out. Especially the shadow of my face seems to be laughing. If you want to know which is which, it goes: Pete - Tim - Harry - James.

Tim Spear / Decomposed interview, Diarium Autopsia #2, 1992

A promo tape was recorded that October, again with Paul Johnston at Rhythm Studios, which led to a deal with Candlelight.

It's not yet recorded. We are still rehearsing. We have three new songs which we're going to record for a new demo to use for a promo to record labels. It won't be released to the public cos these are songs which will appear on our debut album if it comes out(?) They are really strange new songs, much more complex than our old stuff. They don't go at any one speed, a real variety and there is an instrumental with very strange acoustic parts. I don't know how to describe it. We are less interested in being "brutal death". We are more interested in .. strange, heavy music I guess. But this stuff is still death, it's not a wimp out.

Tim Spear / Decomposed interview, Diarium Autopsia #2, 1992

Their only album, Hope Finally Died..., was released in 1993.