Finland’s finest heavy psych outfit travels to the outer limits and beyond with their fourth full length album. Pahuuden äänet (‘Voices of evil’ in english) boldly goes and explores previously unknown dark corners of the heavy psych universe.
It takes the lyrical story of Seremonia’s previous album Kristalliarkki (The Crystal Ark, Svart Records 2015) and shoots it across space and time into a feverish dystopian nightmare. This time the apocalyptic visions have cosmic proportions, and lyrically it’s the band’s gloomiest & doomiest album to date.
Musically it’s even more diverse and adventurous than the band’s previous acid rock experiments. It’s Seremonia’s signature ”60’s metal” sound, but the colossal doom prog parts are more colossal and the passages of melancholic beauty more beautiful than ever before. There’s classic pop songwriting, spacey synthesizer freak-outs, dystopian dirges, victorious twin lead guitars, out-of-control space punk blasts and plenty of glorious hard rock riffage to accompany the stories of cosmic horror.
And yes, Noora Federley’s vocal delivery is still blood-chillingly cool, Erno Taipale’s drumming still a pure force of nature and the stringed instruments out-of-controlled by Teemu Markkula, Ville Pirinen and Ilkka Vekka still make up an electric storm of fuzz.