The overwhelming kindness shown by the bands solidified even further my love for the genre and influenced how I treat fans today. Catch Jason on tour with Agalloch all summer. Most Metal fans over thirty will remember some albums being difficult — in some cases nearly impossible — to track down, but these days the most obscure and veiled albums can be heard online without any real issues.
Finnish Death Metal is often characterised by a crushing Doom-flavoured approach and a preference for suffocating atmospheres over catchy riffs. For a near-unknown demo one year off its twentieth birthday, Musta Seremonia holds together surprisingly well, with a thick sound and merciless song-structures that at times creates a genuinely stifling feel.
The same could be said for the lack of variety and generally one-note nature of the composition. No, the biggest issue is, of course, the question of what it has to offer for a new listener now.
Rippi Koulu, Motherfuckers! The vocals sound like if someone who had throat cancer was growling, the voice sounds really deep, raw and chaotic. In some parts of the album, the vocalist does a growl with echo effects.
Giving a creepy atmosphere. All the strings sounds downtuned and really distorted. The bass sounds "Ok", nothing much to say on the bass honestly. The guitars are really abrasive and every riff sounds like the apocalypse itself due to all the chaotic noise the guitars give to the album. Mixing the slowness and feeling of dread of doom metal, with the fastness and brutality of death metal. Keyboards make an appearance in some songs. They actually help to bring an atmosphere of dread, horror and personally anxiety.
And also, the band took the time to write and sing the lyrics in their mother language Finnish. In conclusion: Do you like doom metal? Do you like death metal? Then you will like this album. Rippikoulu have become one of the cult bands of choice when it comes to underground death metal. Most of this is due to their demo, "Musta seremonia". It is easy to see the appeal; the first time you encounter this demo you will marvel at what you have unearthed.
Somehow, Rippikoulu have created the archetypal old school death metal feel. Everything about this demo reeks of sickness and heaviness. The sound is unmistakably Finnish, thickened up further with some Bolt Thrower and early Grave. What could possibly be better than this? Indeed, the band have few equals when it comes to blending slow tempos with swaggering mid-speed riffs listen to how "Kadonneet Jumalat" emerges from the sludge at the mark.
Transitioning between these two tempos is Rippikoulu's forte, Album). They are one of the best death metal bands ever when it comes to this kind of thing. Add in a filthy guitar tone, some cheap spooky keyboards, a powerful vocalist, and a drum kit that sounds like it is about to fall apart. The result is the perfect 'garage' death metal sound with authenticity that is impossible to fake.
Still, "Musta seremonia" is not perfect. Recorded and released init sounds more like something their Finnish compatriots particularly Demigod, Disgrace and Abhorrence had done two years prior.
Rippikoulu were late to this party, treading a well-worn path. This generic approach might explain the one flaw with this Album) Rippikoulu sound awful when they play fast. They simply do not understand how to blast, where to blast, when to blast. Unwelcome fast sections appear and disappear at random, interrupting the flow of the amazing slower stuff.
The band are not particularly tight, and they lack a 'third gear' which would ease the transition between the chugging and the blasting. Finding examples is like shooting fish in a barrel. Each of these is particularly annoying because they undermine the incredible music beforehand.
It is frustrating because Rippikoulu are amazing at every other facet of their chosen death metal style. This demo is inches from greatness but falls short because of this one feature which could have been omitted. I suspect the band came to similar conclusions themselves. The music on those rehearsals is better than the music on this demo. Given more restraint and fluidity, "Musta seremonia" would have been a classic.
I still recommend it, but it isn't quite as good as the elite Finnish death metal that preceded it "Abhorrence", "Unholy Domain", "Beyond the Immortalized Existence".
Anyone with the slightest interest in this style of death metal should listen to that stuff first, then seek this one out. Death metal has had an underground resurgence as of recent, and with the implication of the lockdowns worldwide due to Covid; many including myself have gone through to the past and the present to hunt for underground gems.
I hope those reading pay attention to Rippikoulu's Musta seremonia because this hasn't left my ears for weeks. This '93 demo compacts everything anyone would want within a classic demo that will and can withstand the test of time.
Brian Dempsey. Kyle Simmons. Dylan Smith. Jessi Brown. Veggietales From The Crypt. Purchasable with gift card. Kadonneet jumalat Kuolematon totuus Ikuinen piina Musta seremonia Rippikoulu's Musta seremonia is both an international cult item and an integral part of the history of Svart Records as well - a reissue of the original tape was one of the earliest Svart releases back in Back then, this album was considered as one of the best kept secrets in the Finnish underground Rippikoulu - Musta Seremonia (Vinyl scene.
Four years and one quickly sold out reissue later Rippikoulu's greatness is no longer a secret, and we are happy to bring Musta seremonia back on the market. Rippikoulu began their musical endeavours back in the late eighties, and like so many of their contemporaries, evolved from primitive punk noise to death metal. However, while many bands played death metal with groovy riffing and overall headbanging attitude, Rippikoulu's choice of style was darker. Their downtuned metal is bleak and nearly unbearably heavy in its execution, dark and soul-searching in its themes, intertwining faster bursts of chaos with slow, doomy passages.
Rippikoulu released the Musta Seremonia demo album on tape in and then disappeared. They never gained much popularity in their time, but their legacy has steadily grown in time. The album has been carefully remastered from the original DAT LP tape, cleaned up and amplified. Tags funeral doom death metal metal doom metal Finland. Jared Miller-Price go to Rippikoulu - Musta Seremonia (Vinyl. Paul Schwarz go to album. Vinylcdiscollector go to album.
Little Carnies - The Ghost Storys - Subliminal Messages (CD, Album), La Chanson Du Jongleur - Maxime Le Forestier - Master Serie (Cassette), An Eriskay Love Lilt (The Road To The Isles) - The Black Watch* - War Pipe And Plaid (Vinyl, LP), Bird People - The Coming Of The Trickster God (CD), Woman Wait For Me, Oh, I Woaß Net - Relax (2) - Relax (Vinyl), Soul Junction - Various - Essential Funk (CD), Know That I Need You, I Dont Want To Be A Freak (But I Cant Help Myself) - Dynasty - I Dont Want To Be A Freak (But I Cant