Reign Of Death - 1991 - Turbo

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Abomination>>Mike Pahl - Abomination>>MIKE PAHL

Funeral Bitch, Abomination, Cold Bearded Killers>>CHAZ BAKER>>Cold Bearded Killers

Abomination>>MIKE PAHL - Abomination>>Mike Pahl

Funeral Bitch, Experiment>>Dave Chiarella>>Experiment, Disinter, Usurper, Inner Decay - DEAN OLSON

History & Biography
Funeral Nation was formed by Chaz Baker and Pahl in 1989, both of whom were the original members of Abomination alongside drummer Aaron Nickeas. Upon leaving Abomination the duo established Funeral Nation and having recruited drummer Chiarella recorded a demo entitled State Of Insanity and one album for Germany's Turbo Records. Reign Of Death EP of 1991 was the State Of Insanity demo on vinyl.

The band had other releases, but partly due to a lack of label support these managed little headway. Turbo records, which earlier was called Shithouse, was accused of lying and not delivering on its promises by Funeral Nation and its other acts. Other Funeral Nation releases were: The Benediction demo from 1992, All Hallows Evil - Live 7" from 1994, the independently-produced compilation Come Kingdom Thy from 1995 and Deceiver from 1997. These were all released by the band's own R.K. Productions.

Olson had replaced Chiarella in 1992. Later in the decade and in 1998 a second album is recorded which for various reasons never sees the light of day. Funeral Nation called it a day in early 1999. The band, however, was still hoping to release the recorded material posthumously. It reformed in 2010 and compilations began flowing like swamp dwellers in a Donald Trump cabinet meeting. Someone called Proselytism label in Chile ad expressed interest in rereleasing the band's music and, while that never happened, the members regrouped as a result. Second Coming was a 2012 compilation. The band remastered and rereleased this as Open The Gates of Hell in 2015 and as Open Wide The Gates Of Hell in 2016. There was a demo EP called Wicked in 2013. Mike Pahl climbed stage and joined his former band-mates to sing the last song of a concert, Sign of Baphomet, in 2013. This lead to his rejoining his old mates. Consequently, Chris Baker (as opposed to Chaz Baker) switched to guitar. The aforementioned concert had the band open for Macabre and was the group's first since 1996. Members of Macabre and Funeral Nation would later link up in Cold Bearded Killers.

Funeral Nation toured Germany on the Open The Gates Of Hell tour and also appeared at Metal Assault IV in 2014. After The Battle XXV was a 25th anniversary edition of the band in 2016. It was (re)released annually by different labels thereafter. A compilation of demo material in 2017 was called Molded From Sin. There was also a self-titled demo. The Deceiver demo of 1997 was rereleased in 2020. Despite the massive demand, sit-ins, demonstrations, petitions and clamour, there was a severe dearth of Funeral Nation compilations in the market. So the band issued another half a dozen. The act disbanded again officially in 2021.

The band's monicker was a mix of the members' former bands' names, namely Funeral Bitch and Abomination.



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