30-SECOND REVIEW: Seremonia

Svart Records, 2013
The highlight of this Finnish-language ‘doom rock’ album is undoubtedly its unusual, dark, earthy and alluring female vocals. Beyond that noteworthy feature, Ihminen is a solid, if slightly underwhelming, collection of well-written rock songs that only occasionally lift their heads above average. There are minor elements of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, NWOBHM, hints of Gothic fancy, moments of folkish fun, and, of course, the almost-obligatory flute. Sadly, the problem is too much rock and not enough doom.



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