With nine tracks, this is a highly good, and very interesting album. One intriguing factor, though, that primarily draws attention to them, is highlighted by a very unusual fact: the band has not one, but two female singers! Elisabetta Marchetti is the one who does the clean singing, while
Serena Mastracco is in charge of the harsh vocals. But if you listen to them without knowing this, you will never notice that a woman is the responsible for the harsh singing, so darkly pungent, grave, profound and solid her voice is.
With a very atmospheric sound designed by a sinister layout, driven primarily by keyboards, the tense symphonic expectations created by their music is highlighted by the powerful contrasts between the clean and harsh singing, that sometimes converges together in a beautiful path of poetic enchantment and disillusion. Being way too distant of a specific categorization, the music of Riti Occulti is everything but conventional, as they showcase an astute arrangement of elements that they play in a very peculiar way, designed to specifically fit into their music, and not the contrary.
Although their sound can be considered exceedingly uniform, they have a vigorous sensibility that produces a singular kind of originality, being strong enough to be who they are. With their force mainly residing on virtuous and afflictive atmospheres built by keyboards, Tetragrammaton is an album who works as an interesting statement on creativity, that imposes the strength of its sonorous identity on the wings of highly dissonant and anxious sonorous harmonic spheres. And this goes all the way long, throughout the tracks, as the musicians never lose in the mainframe of their objectives the soil of qualities and juxtapositions that they are able to achieve, if they play by the sonorous instincts of their own cards.
Nevertheless, I would not say that this album is perfect. In fact, I think it stands far away from such a definition. A little too homogeneous to say the least – although in my evaluation the album is good – there is not a single song that outstands itself from the others, nor I could choose or select a favorite. To a certain extent, all tracks sound too equal and exactly the same, as the songs appear to function as an extension of the previous track. I don’t know if this was done on purpose or not. If not, it certainly exposes the solidity of their sound, and explains the consolidation of their style. But, at a certain level, the album resents itself from a little monotony, which is inevitable, given its strong sonorous uniformity. But, regardless of these considerations, Tetragrammaton is a good album, and Riti Occulti certainly is a band with an enormous potential.