Posts Tagged ‘Occult Rock’

Album of the Day: Riti Occulti – Riti Occulti

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.

Riti Occulti – Riti Occulti

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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Album of the day: In Solitude – Sister

Posted on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Metal: Sweden’s In Solitude capitalize upon the visibility generated by their opening slot on the 2012 Decibel Magazine Tour with the release of their third album, Sister. In Solitude made a name for themselves with their first two albums by treading the nether regions of […]

Album of the day: Mansion – We Shall Live

Posted on Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Mystery is a rare thing in music, given that we live in an age of ultra-exposure and social networking. No sooner has a demo been released, than we are regaled with tales of what the band had for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with […]

Album of the day: Jex Thoth – Blood Moon Rise

Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: On Blood Moon Rise Jex Thoth take the bluesy, psychedelic laced doom from 2008’s self titled release and turn it up a notch. What I find a bit more striking though is that although it is turned up, it has restraint in all the […]

Album of the day: Witches of God – The Blood of Others

Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2013

Praise for Witches of God‘s The Blood of Others from Nocturnal Cult Webzine:  LA’s doomy rockers, Witches Of God have brewed up their debut album and spilled it forth upon humanity in the form of The Blood Of Others. After a campy horror synth we get to the heart of […]

Album of the day: Jess and the Ancient Ones – Astral Sabbat

Posted on Friday, February 8th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Last Rites: There has been an incredible resurgence of occult rockers with female frontwomen… that pretty much goes without saying (and yet, there I go). The recently / allegedly departed Dutch outfit in The Devil’s Blood was an exemplary go-to over the last few years, and when […]

Album of the day: Bloody Hammers – Bloody Hammers

Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Meatmeadmetal: We’ve covered / complained about certain sub-genres of metal swelling up to the point of gruesomeness and having to search extra hard to find the good bands because there are so effing many of them. We kind of said that last week when discussing grindcore and […]

Album of the day: Riti Occulti – Riti Occulti

Posted on Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from MetalasFuck: The dominant distorted bass is chunky, rich and filthy. The suffocating groove it drags behind it is infectious, conjuring images of darkened smoky rooms full of shuffling swaying bodies. A synthesizer lingers behind, developing a psychedelic edge to the blackened morass, leaving sparse space for the […]

Album of the day: Head Of The Demon – Head Of The Demon

Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Praise for Head of the Demon‘s Self-Titled from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Look out! Lurching, lumbering, mesmerically repetitive and rambling, doomed-out blackened metal comin’ at ya here, from Stockholm, Sweden, brought to us by a label that sure knows their hard-to-pigeonhole, psychedelic “occult rock” heaviness (The Ajna Offensive, who most […]

Album of the day: Year of the Goat – Angels’ Necropolis

Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from MetalMouth: Having released two heavily successful E.P’s, Year Of The Goat are here to raise hell, literally. This is a band who take the best of 70′s / 80′s rock…(Sabbath / Blue Oyster Cult), and shape it into something that is modern, something that is dark, something […]