Rating:
8.0
Shever - Rituals
25 May 2012


01. Ritual Of Chaos
02. Delirio
03. Je Suis Nee
04. Souls Colliding
05. (You Are) The Mirror
06. That He Na Te


This band is called Shever. As in She-ver...'cus it's an all-female group, get it? Clever, eh? I really hope this is some kind of Swiss-to-English language breakdown, and the cheesy pun is merely coincidental, because this death-doom band rips a little too hard to have a gimmick like that going.

While we're still on the subject of this silly band name; gender really doesn't seem to enter the equation while listening to the music. [Insert arbitrary comment about how it's cool that women are participating in a male-dominated form of music here.]

Now that we have that awkward part of the review out of the way, it's down to business; something which Rituals does not do quickly. The first track, "Ritual Of Chaos" sounds like a pretty generic, crunchy death-doom sound. It's not until the latter half of the second track "Delirio" do we see Shever unleash the personality they are capable of showing. It picks up a slightly grooving-sludge dynamic which not only works to make these riffs considerably more memorable, but also a lot darker sounding.

Then things slope off a bit after "Je Suis Nee". The track that follows, "Souls Colliding" is actually effectively dark and dreary...Or it would be, had they condensed things a little bit. In fact, that one track has enough cool little details in it - do I hear violins near the end? - that it may have just been the best track had it not been extended so painfully long.

It really seems like the songs here are presented in the same chronology they were written; begins sub-par (warming up), then peaks (finding their groove), then weakens again (inspiration well starts drying up.) Luckily, the glass is well past half full on Rituals - there's more than enough solid riffs and dark atmosphere on here to justify at least a spin or two.


 



Written on 23.06.2012 by
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Troy Killjoy - 24.06.2012 at 02:28  
LOL R DEM TRY 2 BE GALLHAMMER?

In all seriousness, I might try to make some time to listen to this. Although it really doesn't feel like something I need to listen to. Death doom hasn't tickled my fancy recently.
strade - 24.06.2012 at 04:31  
Awesome. Totalrust has been nailing it recently, haven't they?
M C Vice - 24.06.2012 at 06:25  
Do they sound similar to Thorr's Hammer?
Merchant of Doom - 24.06.2012 at 11:01  
Should be "shEver"... Good album, BTW... lots of sludgy dynamics... not quite straight death/doom... and, yes, it's a violin at the end of Souls Colliding...
Marcel Hubregtse - 24.06.2012 at 11:22  
Forgot al about this one. Great to see they have finally found a record label.

Have had Rituals for more than a year now.

Really enjoyable death doom and at least a band where the female vocals don't spoil it all.
Ag Fox - 14.11.2012 at 10:07  
Wow, spot on review. Agreed with every single thing you said
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.11.2012 at 13:18  
Just released on vinyl as well

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