Shaman Ritual are a band from Finland that plays a very raw and melodic form of black metal with some tribal elements and this is a review of their 2017 album "Sinister Totem" which was released on cassette by Caligari Records.
Tribal style percussion starts off the album which also gives the music more of a shamanistic atmosphere as well a s mixing in with the heavier sections of the songs while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with the vocals being grim and harsh sounding black metal screams.
A couple of the tracks are long and epic in length while the tremolo picking gives the music more of a raw feeling along with a great amount of Swedish influences and the riffs also bring in a great amount of melody and when the music speeds up blast beats are added onto the recording and when guitar leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Shaman Ritual plays a style of black metal that is very raw, melodic and traditional sounding, the production sounds very heavy and dark while the lyrics cover Darkness, Occultism and Shamanism themes.
In my opinion Shaman Ritual are a very great sounding raw and melodic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this cassette. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ritual" and "Being". 8 out of 10.