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 1993 tape was one of the earliest Svart releases back in 2010. Back then, this album was considered as one of the best kept secrets in the Finnish underground metal 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 1993 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 master tape, cleaned up and amplified.
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Been enjoying Hidden History of the Human Race for some time and I finally gave this album a listen. Damn me for waiting too long to do it; I'd say it's just as good as their sophomore LP, but in a different way. No doubt it's clearly Blood Incantation, but you can see the evolution in sound between the two albums. A masterful work of atmospheric prog death doom that sits among the best of extreme metal. Absolutely incredible musicianship in a debut album. Buy this LP, support Blood Incantation. camelhouse7
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Working my way back after picking up Planetary Clairvoyance and this is an excellent LP as well. Crushing, brutal riffage and a tight composition that doesn't lose momentum throughout the ride. A concoction of old school, Finndeath, and American DM that is killer. One of the best DM albums I've heard. Whether or not you're a fan of their newest release, Manor Of Infinite Forms is a must. Buy it. camelhouse7
A corrosive mix of death, doom, psychedelia, and black metal, the Portland quartet’s debut full-length is a bona fide underground monolith that shapeshifts with each listen, all while maintaining its essential heaviness. Bandcamp Album of the Day Feb 1, 2019