At first you might compare Riti Occulti to some of those old gothic doom acts like Tristania but soon you will discover that there is much more to it. Over thick, monolithic doom metal riffs (by bass guitar) and loads of synths and soundscapes, the angelic, often operatic vocals of Elisabetta Marchett and the harsh growls of Serena Mastracco alternate. The result is a crushing piece of work, loaded with drama and bathing in a theatrical atmosphere.
That way, the band seems to combine the female fronted, or "gothic" doom metal of the nineties with the occult loaden crushing doom metal that has been roaming the underground since the seventies or so. After a short intro, the 'Adonai' anthems perfectly illustrate that. This anthem comes in four equally impressive pieces of music. In no time, you'll be engulfed in this gloomy and infectious pool of riffs, soundscapes and voices.
After those four tracks, the band continues their path of massive occult doom metal. At no moment, none whatsoever, I miss the guitars. On the contrary, I wouldn't chance this awesome distorted and rolling sound of the bass for anything. 'Yetzirah' thrives on that instrument, along of course with those all-consuming synths and punishing drums. I'm not sure if that song is my favorite, that's bloody hard to decide.
A lot easier to decide, is the fact that this album is a definite stand-out in today's doom metal scene. Obviously, this comes highly recommended for all doomers out there, young and old. Again, if you know Riti Occulti, go buy this thing. If you don't know them and still consider yourself a fan of doom metal, hurry up and get your hands on a copy. If you don't buy this, very few doomers will take you seriously...