Anyway, on to the album because no, you don't need to worry about the quality. This is excellent black metal with loads of symphonic and atmospheric elements, usually quite a lot slower than most black metal album, hence perhaps the signing with BadMoonMan, a sublabel of doom metal label Solitude Productions. I can clearly see why, not only the tempo but also the atmosphere come very close to doom metal.
Yet, don't get me wrong, Raventale definitely know how to come up with intense and fierce music. After the dark intro 'Intra-mantra' we're slowly dragged into this mysterious music that these guys have created. 'Destroying The Seeds Of Karma' ritually opens the gates and a while later 'Kali's Hunger' blasts away as a classic atmospheric black metal song, one of the best tracks on this impressive album.
If I have to compare Raventale to other bands, I guess Drudkh, Khors and Kampfar would come close. However, in a way there's also a bit of Emperor and Cradle Of Filth present, the latter mainly in some of the massive symphonic elements which often appear. Finally, I sense a hint of the black 'n' roll wave where bands like Khold roam. The combination of all of those influences is certainty impressive and nonetheless intense.
In a way, 'Red Laugh's Walking' reminds me of a blend of old and new Tiamat, but again with blackened vocals. This melodic mid-tempo song is actually pretty damn awesome and probably my personal favorite. The only tiny bit of disappointment here is the fade-out at the end, it doesn't improve the song. Maybe it would have been better to end abruptly and let the murderous track 'I Am The Black Tara' finish the job.
The conceptual inspiration for this album is a fascination with Indian and Tibetan spiritualism and the dark goddess, Kali. This gives the album an extra mysterious edge, which fits perfectly with the music. My recommendation is obvious: check it out. There's a big chance that you will like either raw black metal (those riffs!!!) or atmospheric extremes (awesome keyboards). This, my friends, is a very strong album...