Shaman Ritual hail from Finland and Sinister Totem is their first offering. This is black metal with a melodic touch, at times reminiscent of Dissection while other times a subtle tribal approach roams below an avalanche of riffs and pounding drums. Amidst an era of cavernous experimentation and sheer bestiality Shaman Ritual's sound is a throwback to times so glorious.
I score it a 10-9 round for Spectral Voice. They both brought the heat though and scored big blows...I'm impressed. Wish they had a couple tracks each yo. I'll have to peep some more of their shit. Sic artwork.
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