|Review: Reino Ermitano - Rituales Interiores|
Label: I Hate Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: October 31, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Some traditional Doom from Peru here, an almost rare occurrence since it seems Doom/Death is taking most of the place in the Doom genre nowadays. This is very slow-paced and heavy, but at the same time often very melodic - especially when you factor in the clean female vocals. The use of the Spanish language sure makes this sound different, but I found the language sounds a little too "soothing", too melodic, too "pretty" if you will, and clashes with the somber mood of the music to a great extent - it's not actually bad, just weird. The vocalist does a great job overall, with a melodic but rough voice that fits the music and the atmosphere like a glove.
The music is slow-paced through and through and doesn't vary all that much, which can make this 51 minute album feel longer than it actually is - some parts are too long and monotonous before finally breaking into something slightly different. But there's some good music here - the guitar work mostly is quite admirable overall, be it the sharp, raw-meets-melodic guitar or the omnipresent low and heavy bass guitar. These are what kept me coming back to this album, since they more than make up for the shortcomings. There are noticeable Black Sabbath and Candlemass influences to be heard here, especially in the most interesting parts, no ripoffs but a very similar style at times. Hey, if your influences are gonna show, might as well be some of the best. ;) Overall Rituales Interiores is a good album, though its shortcomings take a bit of getting used to — it took several listens before I could begin to appreciate this one. Different enough to make it worth checking out.
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