‘ One of the great advantages of a “one man band” is the freedom to do
what you want in your music not caring about the opinion of others…….
“Gruzelementen” turns out to be one of the best releases of the style this year and certainly
marks the highest point in FUNERAL WINDS’ long journey into the underground ‘
Black Metal Terror Magazine (read the full review here)
‘Gruzelementen’ (smithereens) is the 6th studio album in the bands 30 year history.
‘Gruzelementen’ was recorded at Necromanteion Studio, Prague, in 2021.
All sounds, vocals and instruments, recorded by Hellchrist XUL

‘Gruzelementen’ is available via New Era Productions (World) and
Black Metal Store (Latin America), both in conspiracy with Necromanteion.
‘This album is eternally dedicated to Satan and
His Legions, and to those that presence the
True Darkness of the Dark Gods.’
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Funeral Winds – Black Metal Cult since 1991


Review on Addergebroed, Score: 82/100

‘This time there is nothing to criticize, whether it concerns playing skills, sound-technical or graphic. Hellchrist Xul doesn’t need anyone else to make a beastly, profane and ritualistic black metal record, that’s for sure. Ad Majorem Xul Gloriam: Black metal is intolerance and “Gruzelementen” is dedicated to Satan and his legions. You have been warned!’ JOKKE: 82/100 (Translation)

Review on Apocalyptic Rites
‘In a way, this material can be compared to the early recordings of Mayhem or the raw version of Marduk, but whatever inspirations sounded in the author’s head, they were very skilfully dressed in their own clothes. And these are robes that Hellchrist Xul has been wearing consistently since the moment of founding this project. Whatever one has to say about it, the new Funeral Winds album is a pissed off, spitting at the Nazarene black metal. Exactly the way this genre was originally intended. Nothing but to listen and trample the crosses. Ave!’ JESUSATAN/Apocalyptic Rites (Translation)
Review on Avé Metallüm, Score: 90/100
‘Gruzelementen’ is a fantastic addition to the Funeral Winds discography and a mandatory purchase if you call yourself a black metal maniac.
Be warned. This is for freaks only. Filthy and violent old school black metal the most brutal way. 𝟵𝟬/𝟭𝟬𝟬 Avé Metallüm
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Review on Finish Heavy Metal Fans, Score: 4/5
‘This might be one of the strongest piece of works I’ve heard from these guys in many years, Funeral Winds ‘Gruzelementen’ is an absolute great record… I give this release four stars out of five’ Sami/FHMF
Review of the ‘Gruzelementen’ album on the Finnish Heavy Metal Fans channel:
Review on Crossfire Webzine, Score 8.5/10
The fact that everything sounds mean, sinister and chaotic, and nothing lingers, brings back memories of the old Katharsis. But otherwise there is everything the Black Metal heart desires: Rage, Hatred, bone-chilling Cold, Darkness and of course the obligatory and always credible Satanic lyrics. The immense Status in the Underground is further consolidated with “Gruzelementen”. 8.5/10 Daniel Müller (Crossfire Webzine)
Review on Disfactory
‘If you have lost your compass among the many branches of Black Metal today, Gruzelementen will take care of bringing you back on the right and burning path. The raw and deadly one that only wants to seek impact with thorns or any kind of sharp object placed in your vicinity.’ DVKE/Disfactory
Review on Zware Metalen, Score 82/100
‘The Dutch Funeral Winds is getting more respect than ever. Recent evidence of this is the fact that the CD of this new album is already sold out at the time of writing this review. Fortunately, a vinyl release is also hitting the market around this time to quench the thirsty in their demonic sighs.’ 82/100 Bart Al Foet (Zware Metalen)
Review on Into The Necrosphere
“Gruzelementen kind of reminds me in a way of Battles in the North by Immortal… This is raw, Lo-fi, gritty, grim, trve, necro shit… that is from start to finish an absolute face ripper of a record… This is a short, sharp, shock of pure unfiltered, undiluted Satanic violence” Into The Necrosphere
The Funeral Winds ‘Gruzelementen’ review starts around the 1:30:00 mark of the episode:
Review on Thy Kingdom Scvm
‘Funeral Winds retain its place as a savage beast of a Black Metal act, blending stark atmospheres, nihilistic spite and intense, abrasive riffs, all rolled up into one apocalyptic war-torn wasteland of an album! ….. One of my top 4 Black Metal releases of 2021 and I don’t think it’ll be knocked from it’s position.’ Thy Kingdom Scvm
Review on Occult Black Metal Zine, Score: 8/10
‘Ritualistic sounding synths start off the album before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also utilizes a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. Vocals are mostly high pitched Black Metal screams while all of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them….. On this album Funeral Winds adds in some more ritualistic touches to his old school style of Satanic Black Metal to take his sound to another level.’ Occult Black Metal Zine: 8/10