With lyrics all in their native Finnish and blown-out buzzsaw riffs drawn from elder cult rock, woodsy four-piece Seremonia make a resounding first impression on their self-titled Svart Records debut. The album melds its dark psychedelia in classic tonality, swirling echoes of male/female vocals and an atmosphere befitting the band’s ceremonially-minded moniker. A song like the Iron Butterfly-esque “Huutava Taivas, Kuiskaava Maa” is brooding and doomed, but elsewhere, as on “Rock ‘n’ Rollin’ Maailma,” Seremonia revels in the pagan joys of heavy rock, talking ’70s retro vibing to heart even in the drum sound.
Seremonia‘s Seremonia is officially out next week (Sept. 14), and today I have the pleasure of hosting “Antikristus 666” for streaming. Aside from being memorable for its easily translated title and catchy hook of a chorus in which the title is repeated like a chant, the creeping guitar line and whispering vocals that precede the explosion into distortion of that chorus embody a lot of the weirdo ethic that Seremonia strive to portray across the whole of the album.
Working greatly in their favor in that endeavor is how natural they sound while doing it. The recording is rough, but not unclear in any way unintended, and Seremonia most definitely get their point across, sounding cohesive and assured in their aesthetic even for this just being their first time out. If this was 1972 and not 2012, they’d release Seremonia as a private pressing of 200 and never be heard from again. Hopefully today’s musical climate allows for a somewhat brighter future, which of course their output will immediately darken with its effective stretches of minimalism, unrepentant heresies and bizarre, ranging psykedeliaa.
Please enjoy “Antikristus 666” on the player below, and if you’d like to sing along, the Finnish word for “six” is “kuusi.”
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