Album of the day: Occultation – Three & Seven

Praise for Occultation‘s Three & Seven from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Three And Seven is the debut full length from NYC psychedelic doomlords  /doomladies, and Negative Plane offshoot, Occultation. Their sound is a dark and dramatic, almost cinematic sort of witchy metallic psychedelia, the heaviness tempered by a fantastically muddy, murky cavernous production.

The heaving swells of downtuned riffage, blurred into smeared swells of minor key shimmer, the drums spare and buried in the mix, barring the occasional burst of chaotic frenzy, lush layered organs wheeze and whir, and the vocals, dueling (or perhaps multitracked) female vox, that wind around each other in creepy occultic harmonies, the arrangements dense and complex and proggy, the sound perfectly channeling the spirit of classic metal, old horror soundtracks, and seventies British acid folk.

The songs are dense tangles of minor key melody, the guitars unfurling spidery melodies, wrapped around haunting woozy almost goth / post punk sounding basslines. A twisted dissonance marks each of these sonic rituals, epic and majestic, like Death SS via King Diamond, covering Comus, all recorded in some subterranean grotto, before some primitive stone plinth, adorned with skulls and sacrifices.

Because this falls into the witchy female fronted metal category, inevitably comparisons will be made to The Devil’s Blood and Jex Thoth, Blood Ceremony. And while fans of that stuff will undoubtedly dig this, more apt comparisons might be Ides Of Gemini or Menace Ruine, as Occultation, while still metal, manages to exist in some haunting sonic nether region, seemingly much more beholden to non-metal influences, fans of Sabbath Assembly might dig this too, the same sort of satanic spiritual vibe, but obviously WAY heavier, and much more bleary and blackened.

Gorgeous, twisted, heavy, haunting stuff.

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