Funeral Nation is a thrash/black metal band that was formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1989.. from former members of the bands "Funeral Bitch" and "Abomination". The band has released 2 full length albums, 2 eps, a live album, a compilation album, and various demos.
Funeral Nation has maintained the same original founding members since 1989, with the exception of Dave Chiarella being replaced with Dean Olson in 1991.. Funeral Nations current recording and touring line up is:
Mike Pahl:: Bass/Vocals
Chaz Baker:: Guitar
Dean Olson:: Drums
The "State of Insanity" demo was released in 1989, and was the bands first official release. Soon after that "Reign of Death" in 1991 and "After the Battle" in 1991 were released by the record label Turbo Records. These offerings gained positive reception in not only the Chicago metal scene, but also gained attention from the European thrash/metal scene as well.
After playing numerous shows in the Chicagoland area, and surrounding states in the US, the band was offered and accepted their first European tour in 1991. When the band returned from the tour they began writing new material, and due to musical differences Dave Chiarella left the band.. Soon after Dean Olson joined the band as its new drummer.
In 1993 the band recorded "The Benediction" demo , followed in 1994 by "All Hallows Evil" a live 7inch recorded on Halloween.. In 1995 the band self released a compilation cd named : "Come Kingdom Thy".
From 1991 to 1997 the band continued to record and play numerous live shows without the support of a major label. In 1997 the band recorded the "Deceiver" demo, that ended up not being released. At the end of 1997 Funeral Nation went on hiatus for a much needed break from one another after years of extensive touring and performing.
Thirteen years later in 2010, Dean Olson and Chaz Baker came together to determine whether or not to release re-issued material to South America. After repeated failed attempts to make something happen with the label from South America, the decision was made to get back together and release everything under Funeral Nation's own label R.K.Productions. Soon after that the band started writing and recording new material.
In 2012 the band released "Devil's Radio" a recording of a live radio show from 1996. The band also released "Second Coming" in 2012 which was a full length cd consisting of both released and unreleased music from the 90's...In early 2013 Funeral Nation released an ep Called “Wicked” that featured all new songs written and recorded from 2011 to 2013. This ep had Chaz doing vocals because Mike had not come back to the band yet.
Soon after the band recorded and released the ep "Wicked", Funeral Nation played a comeback show in May of 2013.. At this show Mike Pahl joined the band on stage to sing the last song of the night "Sign of Baphomet". After that show it was decided that Mike would rejoin the band and bring it back to the original 91 lineup.
The band continued to play shows in the Chicagoland area for the rest of 2013.. The band also reissued the "After the Battle" lp on limited red vinyl through the record label Voice of Azram..
In early 2014 Funeral Nation toured Germany on its "Open the Gates of Hell" tour. One of the highlights of the tour was playing “Metal Assault IV” in Wurzburg, Germany. Once back from the tour the band began writing and recording new songs for a new full length release later in 2014.. The band however suffered several setbacks later in 2014, and did not get started on the new release as quickly as we had hoped.
The band started playing live shows again in early 2015. In May 2015 the band released "Open the Gates of Hell".. This was to be the remastered version of "Second Coming" for world wide release. Funeral Nation has also been busy working on our newest full length CD/LP . This will be all new material recorded in 2016, and will be titled:: "Before the Dawn".
In addition to this, the band has been doing shows in Chicago as well as other states around the US. We are hoping for a US tour in 2017 to support the new release, and are hoping to make it back to Europe in 2016/2017. The band already has shows booked well into 2017 and are looking forward to playing many new places.