Ethereal Riffian are a band from Ukraine that plays a very progressive and psychedelic mixture of stoner, sludge and doom metal and this is a review of their self released live 2016 album "Youniversal Voice".
Ambient sounds start off the album along with some melodic chanting that also gives the music more of a shamanistic feeling along with a touch of Eastern Mysticism before adding in acoustic guitars which also gives the music more of an exotic atmosphere while the tribal beats and ethnic instruments are very ritualistic.
After awhile the music starts getting more heavier while still mixing in with the ritualistic sounds and the solos and leads are very dark and melodic and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the heaviness adds in elements of doom, sludge and stoner metal along with some melodic vocals that are done in more of a 70's style.
At times the vocals get very aggressive and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and all of the songs are recorded live and the music also gets more psychedelic, atmospheric, progressive and experimental as the album progresses and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and you can also hear a great amount of world music elements throughout the recording and one of the tracks shows the music going into more of a mid paced stoner rock musical direction while the main focus remains more on a slower style.
Ethereal Riffian plays a style of stoner, sludge and doom metal that is a lot more progressive, experimental and ritualistic than most bands of this genre, the produciton sounds very professional along with all of the songs being recorded live while t he lyrics cover Eastern Mysticism and Native American Shamanism.
In my opinion Ehereal Riffian are a very great sounding progressive and psychedelic mixture of stoner, sludge and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Beyond" "Wakan Tanka" and "Drum Of The Deathless". 8 out of 10.
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