Seremonia – Seremonia

Seremonia
Seremonia
Released: 14th September 2012
Psychedelic doom / vest metal
Released via Svart Records

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Seems like there’s a new term for the psychedelic doom that sounds as if it was made between the 60s and the 70s and that deals with the occult and general apocalyptic themes: vest metal. And despite Seremonia is also a new band, the sound isn’t exactly a novelty – except for the fact that they sing in their native language Finnish, through the voice of Noora Federley.

This self-titled debut kicks off with a self-titled electronic intro, very fuzzy, with Noora declaring some words in a somewhat prophetic way. “Seremonia” is linked to the next track/first song “Uhrijuhla”, which translates to “sacrificial feast”. And as “Seremonia” is predictably “ceremony”, you can guess the obscure vibe that’s going on here. The rhythm in this song is totally stoner, while the guitars are quite rocky in that hippie-seventies-kind-of-way. In fact, that’s the feeling you get from the general album: the band claims that “modern production standards” are “boring” and so you listen to a really old-fashioned, raw sound, as if the recordings had taken place “back in the day”, not just the influences the band’s drawn and applied to their own songwriting.

A video was made for this song – something very “ceremonial”, as in “witchcraft practice” – but it’s “Rock ‘N Rollin Maailma” (“rock ’n roll world” or something like that) which was the first single. And yes, there’s a bit of rock’n’roll guitars, once again the kind of psychedelic guitars your mind associates with Woodstock, but they’re smothered by an almost hypnotic bass line.

In “Aamuruskon Kaupunki” (“city’s dawn”) it’s the synths that carry the hypnosis and trance connotation, while “Kosminen Ruumisvaunu” (“cosmic hearse”) has an unexpected punk speed.

“Lusiferin Käärmeet” (“snakes of Lucifer”) starts up in sludge pace, and then reaches an almost noise-rock level. As for “Antikristus 666” (guess you don’t need translation for that), it has doom all over it. And I must also mention the flutes in the end of “Hautakiven Varjossa” (“tombstone shade”), adding a magical fairy-like touch to it.

I don’t think all this weirdness is enough to put them under a spotlight, but if you’re into this so-called vest metal, or simply into stoner/psychedelic doom, maybe you should check them out.

3/5

by Renata “Pieni” Lino

 

One Response to “Seremonia – Seremonia”

  1. […] ready to show the world its second full length, after last year’s self-titled debut (review here). Their label Svart Records has announced this will happen on October 18th and that will be called […]

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