Archive for the ‘Album of the Day’ Category
Posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Blackened occult doom… The name just roles off the tongue doesn’t it? Conjuring images of midnight witches gathered in a forest conjuring sounds of demonic nature, that’s not a million miles away from what Riti Occulti sound like, and depending on your taste this will either be the worst or best thing you have ever heard.
It sure takes some listening, but you know what? The rewards are there and at times this album is magnificent in the way it creates a maelstrom of evil noise. Don’t expect an easy ride though or you’ll be in for a shock. Riti Occulti want your soul and mind and they will twist it any way they see fit.
Leaving the vocals aside for the moment we should concentrate on what is in fact, some rather remarkable music. Casting away notions of riffs and generic song structures, these songs are suffused deep in an industrial heartland and owe more to the likes of Tool than any doom band. That will be the black metal coming through and in what is possibly the most interesting metal genre our there, Riti Occulti make it into their own by bringing in elements of doom. It’s a noisy, discordant sound but also one that makes complete sense in the making of the songs.
Wrapping in tribal rhythms, operatic moments, some fantastic drumming and a keen use of synths, each song unravels at its own pace. Highlights are the excitingly evil ‘Revelation’ and the tribal bothering ‘I’m Nobody’, which places firm intent on combining atmosphere, industrial noise and plain fuzz into a satisfying whole.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: The Body and Thou must get bored easily. During the last decade, both of these delirious doom metal squads have issued records at startling clips, the pace sometimes so speedy it’s as if they’re desperate to outrun the doomsdays of which they so often yell. Apart […]
Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Hey Colossus are a noise rock institution… or at least I thought they were. The opening electronic docile tones to their new offering certainly makes you question that. The vocals kick in, which are light, delicate and you start to wonder what the hell […]
Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2015
Lovingly pincehd from The Obelisk: Portland, Oregon’s Lord Dying deliver an efficient sludge-thrash beatdown on their second album for Relapse, Poisoned Altars. The follow-up to their 2013 debut, the Sanford Parker-recorded Summon the Faithless, the eight-track / 34-minute Poisoned Altars was recorded by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust and arrives as the answer to anyone’s question as to […]
Posted on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: Two decades on from their debut, Ireland’s premier merchants of Celtic catharsis don’t seem set to glide into the limelight and blow the minds of literally everybody like Behemoth did with The Satanist any time soon (the closest they’ve come being with 2007’s To the Nameless […]
Posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: When I saw the German black metal band Ascension at Maryland Deathfest in 2013, they were among the most memorable acts, largely because it was hard to know what to make of them. After being battered with a weekend of booze and an especially pulverizing set […]
Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Praise for Fogg‘s Death from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Folks hankering for their seventies psychedelic biker doom fix need look no further than these Texas downer rock scuzzlords, who it seems took all the time and effort they DIDN’T put in to the cover art of this lp, and instead […]
Posted on Monday, January 19th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Ladies and gentlemen we are very definitely floating in space here. From the slow feedback oscillation and filthy bass of instrumental opener ‘I.V.E. I – Circumambulating Mount Meru’ through to the final race to the cosmic finish line at the end of ‘Triads And […]
Posted on Thursday, January 15th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Dangerdog Music Reviews: One thing to say about the strength and tradition of classic heavy metal is that it’s presence is largely, and happily, indefatigable. Keeping that spirit alive is Bay Area metal retro-men Space Vacation on their latest album Cosmic Vanguard. This is total 1983 deja vu […]
Posted on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: Interestingly this debut release from Swiss instrumental post metallers Corbeaux has been mastered by Magnus Lindberg (Cult Of Luna) and that name drop gives you an inkling of where this band resides musically. It’d be unfair to say that the band covets what Cult Of […]