Seremonia – Kristalliarkki

Rating: 3.5
Distributor/Label: Svart Records
Distributor/ Label URL: http://www.svartrecords.com/
Released: 2015
Buy Albumhttps://seremonia.bandcamp.com/album/kristalliarkki
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/Seremonia666

 

seremoniaBand Line up

Noora Federley: vocals
Teemu Markkula: guitar
Ville Pirinen: guitar
Erno Taipale: drums, flute
Ilkka Vekka: bass

Tracklisting

1. Vihkimys
2. Alfa Ja Omega
3. Tee Mita Tahdot
4. Musta Liekki
5. Lusiferin Lapset
6. Vapauden Polku
7. Kuolema Voittaa
8. Jokainen Askel
9. Kristalliarkki I
10. Kristalliarkki II

Review

Finland’s psychedelic collective Seremonia delve further into their exploration of cult rituals with their latest endeavour, Kristalliarkki. Since their inception the band have built up a strong following of devotees at small venues and Tuska festival alike.

The opening track throws you into what can easily be the sound of a ritual. The indecipherable vocals and tribal drums conjure a dense sounding atmosphere.

Meanwhile, ’Alfa Ja Omega’ kicks in with gritty guitars and soaring clean vocals, offering up a more immediate slab of progressive rock. The band pull out some impressive lead guitars, showcasing their professional approach to song writing.

The distorted riffs of ‘Lusiferin Lapset’ remains one of the record’s strongest offerings with plenty of proggy guitar effects and catchy drum grooves. The vocals glide effortlessly along with a strong precision in the mix.

The hard rock surge of adrenaline found in ‘Kuolema Voitta’ provides some of the band’s most daring composition, as the track races ahead with eccentric drums and audible bass lines. The seamless guitar work runs high in the instrumentation and remains one of the band’s strongest attributes.

The fourteen minute opus, ‘Kristalliarkki I’ wades in with acoustic guitars and delicate vocals before lunging into a hazy atmosphere of keys and ambiance around the mid way point. What follows is a shimmering array of contemporary prog rock and jazzy meanderings. At this point, their sound becomes all the more captivating; not so much in the musical progression but rather in the band’s ability to pull you into their vast aural landscapes.
At times, the record feels obscurely layered; at others it is nothing short of breathtaking. It may not be the kind of music that will sit well with but the pay off for embarking upon this journey is well and truly worth the ride.

Fantastic and artsy stuff!

Review by Ben Spencer
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