Seremonia

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.

The band is
Erno Taipale (drums, flute, guitar)
Ilkka Vekka (bass, synthesizer, backing vocals)
Ville Pirinen (guitar, synthesizer, backing vocals)
Noora Federley (vocals)