Crushing 90s Finnish death metal. This was intended as a demo but doesn't really sound like one. Just as good as Demigod or Adramelech in my opinion, though Rippikoulu doesn't really sound like either of those bands.
Classic. Legendary. Crushing. Blistering. If death/doom is your poison then you already own this and I'll stop talking about how awesome it is. 'Musta seremonia' is mandatory.
Favorite track: Ikuinen piina.
It had to happen some day - a demo that rendered me absolutely speechless. There's nothing left to say but: This album is a flawless masterpiece and arguably the most vicious piece of death/doom I've ever heard. Bravo. Bravo.
Favorite track: Kuolematon totuus.
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.