Rippikoulu - Musta seremonia (1993)Release ID: 3428

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Daniel Daniel / May 25, 2023 / Comments 0 / 1

I hadn't revisited this cult classic of a mid-90's demo tape in many years but Ben recently asked me for my opinion on it & I noticed that I hadn't rated it on Metal Academy yet so I felt it was about time I gave it another sitting. The six tracks included run for just over half an hour which is a good length for this kind of release &, while the production may be really raw, it loses none of it's effectiveness. In fact, I feel that the crushing down-tuned riffage & depressive atmospherics are only enhanced by it which is the sign of a true underground gem. I really love the deep death growls too as they're wonderfully monstrous but don't sound generic in the slightest.

Musically, Rippikoulu's sound is a tale of two cities. On the one hand you have the dark, suffocating doom/death of bands like Spectral Voice, Winter & diSEMBOWELMENT, only it's been combined with the grimy, mid-paced, tremolo-picked conventional death metal of early 90’s Bolt Thrower & the outcome is nothing short of splendid. Perhaps the lack of production can make a lot of the material sound a touch samey but it's only a short release & the couple of more atmospheric highlights that close out the demo certainly stand out, particularly the spectacular "Pimeys yllä Jumalan maan" which about as good as doom/death gets. If I'm being picky I'd say that the faster parts are a little less effective than the doomier sections but this is a quality effort from a band that clearly showed a lot of unfulfilled potential.

Sonny Sonny / May 28, 2019 / Comments 0 / 0

A chimeric melding of death doom and death metal that has got to be one of the heaviest records I've ever heard. Reminds me quite a bit of Winter's awesome Into Darkness (recorded three years after that 1990 classic, I'd be very surprised if these Finns had never heard it prior to recording this). Recorded originally as a demo, the sound is down and dirty, only adding to the excruciatingly weighty atmosphere. If you've any time at all for punishingly heavy music, then this is a required listen.


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Musta seremonia
The Fallen
The Horde

Death Metal (conventional)

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Rippikoulu chronology

Musta seremonia (1993)
Ulvaja (2014)