Those people should already know what this band stands for: mind altering music through vintage doom riffs, enhanced by hypnotic percussion and that awesome didgeridoo. I'm currently even wondering why this instrument isn't used more often in this scene. It often reaches deeper than conventional instruments, right in the subconscious, so to speak. And that's not even all, mainly in the vocals, I can hear some Eastern inspired melodies.
The album opens with an intro, reminding me a bit of bands like Om and Master Musicians Of Bukkake. Then the strong riffs come in, along with gloomy vocals and the whole thing turns into an hypnotic trip through strange and mysterious sonic landscapes. At this point, it feels right to turn up the volume and let myself float along with whatever these guys blast through my speakers. In some way I really believe that it will be beneficial for my mental health.
For some reason, I feel like Ethereal Riffian would be the perfect band in this genre to record a Bauhaus cover. Don't ask me why, there is just something similar between these Ukrainians and the avant-garde feel of the early new wave scene. They don't have to since their own music is already a blast, but it would be awesome.
So we have psychedelic doom with some very interesting instrument additions, which should already elevate this album into this year's best-of lists, but there's more. There's the elaborate guitar solos, reminding me of something between Opeth and Pink Floyd and there are some progressive metal elements as well, possibly inspired by acts like Porcupine Tree. And that intensely immersive mish-mash lasts for over an hour.
As you might have noticed, I didn't mention any titles here and that's mainly because of what I like to call the "Ozric Tentacles" effect. I've seen the Ozrics a few times, listened to all their albums but can only remember one or two track titles. Why? Well, because I don't read them while I'm on a psychedelic trip through my own mind, and that's exactly what I'm feeling with this album. It's simply too awesome to start reading stuff...