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Seremonia’s new album: track-list, cover art and release date

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 11th September 2013 by Pieni

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Finnish psychedelic doom band Seremonia is 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 “Ihminen” (“human”). Track-list as follows, cover art right below:

1. Noitamestari
2. Itsemurhaaja
3. Ovi
4. Suuri Valkeus
5. Painajaisten Maa
6. Luonto Kostaa
7. Ihminen
8. Itsemurhaaja II
9. Vastaus Rukouksiisi
10. Tähtien Takaa
11. Hallava Hevonen

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Last April, “Ovi” (“door”) was released as a single and gives you an idea of what to expect from this “Ihminen”. If you missed it, you can listen to it at  https://soundcloud.com/svart-records/seremonia-ovi.

Seremonia online:
www.facebook.com/seremonia666
www.facebook.com/svartrecords
www.svartrecords.com

Seremonia – Seremonia

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 20th November 2012 by Pieni

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

 

Premier of two new Seremonia tracks from upcoming self-titled album

Posted in News with tags , , on 5th September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Today, esteemed doom authority TheObelisk.net premieres Seremonia‘s Antikristus 666, the second track to be premiered off the Finnish band’s self-titled debut album, set for international release through Svart Records on September 14th. Seremonia‘s Antikristus 666 can be streamed in its entirety here. As Seremonianears release next week, the album has been picking up steam with the worldwide press, as the tastemaking BrooklynVegan.com last week premiered Seremonia‘s Lusiferin Kaarmeet here.

 

There are a few bands from Finland that play some sort of old-school psychedelic hard rock, but none of them sing in their native language. The debut album by SEREMONIA (Finnish for “ceremony”) features fuzz-laden guitar riffage, out-of-control drum grooves, spacey synthscapes, eerily beautiful female vocals, and esoteric and apocalyptic lyrics sung in Finnish.

Seremonia‘s hard rocking is influenced by the muddy sounds of Anglo-American proto metal, the weirdly fuzzy grooves of Latin psychedelic rock, the experimental ideas of Finnish progressive rock, and universal D.I.Y. punk rock ethics. The guitar riffs are doomy and the lyrics are dark, but Seremonia rolls on with an uplifting spirit. The band plays with uncontrollable abandon, furiously stumbling through the songs. Upon the wild fuzz jams, vocalist Noora Federley delivers the lyrics in a chillingly cold-blooded manner. Boring modern production standards don’t seem to interest SEREMONIA at all. The album is a part of a great and age-old lineage of eccentric rock ‘n’ roll.

Although Seremonia‘s music is informed by the heavy rock of the past decades, it is music for these apocalyptic times. Visions of environmental catastrophes or themes of natural and supernatural evil have never been more current topics. Love for nasty guitar riffs and demented rocking are never out of fashion.

Engineer andmixer Teemu Markkula plays a very important part on the overall sound of the album. Markkula also plays guitar in Seremonia‘s live line-up. The album’s lyrics are written by Ilkka Vekka. The music is composed and arranged collectively by everyone in the band.

Seremonia‘s first official release was a music video for the song Rock’n’rollin Maailma (loosely translated in English to World of Rock’n’Roll). The song and the video directed by Sami Sänpäkkilä caused a bit of a stir in the Finnish music media. Music blogs and discussion forums started arguing about the mysterious new band. A bunch of redundant and unnecessary questions were raised. Is the band serious? Are they true? Are they ironic art-school hipsters? These useless questions are easily answered: Yes, Seremonia makes their music with a burning passion, seeking only artistic triumphs and being dead serious about their vision of great rock music. With the first album now in the can, they are getting ready to record more (and more) albums in the future. Take a listen and stay tuned. You may or may not enjoy their brand of ghoulish hard rock. Either way, Seremonia keeps on keeps on going.