Ouija: Riding Into The Funeral Paths
Hailing from hell-knows-where, Ouija is a five-piece band that plays black
metal the way it has been oh-so-many times before. It's very fast and definitely
hate-filled with some mid-paced atmospheric parts here and there. It's not
entirely original, however, that doesn't take away from the quality of the
product. Music is excellent, production is very strong, and cover art is not bad
- sounds like a recipe for success in my eyes. It'd even say that Ouija go for
some pretty vile sound on occasion. As it happened to Setherial who have
released an amazing imitation of what Emperor has been doing for years before
them, Ouija is definitely guilty of listening to way too much Satyricon and
Cradle of Filth.
One thing that I really didn't like on this album is the vocals. They are pretty
painful to be perfectly honest with you. They aren't plain screamed as it's the
case with many black metal albums, and they aren't that raspy. You could call it
a screech, but it's not it. The closest comparison would the work of Attila on
"De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" album by Mayhem - remember those Popeye-like noises?
The sound of the door opening accompanied by the wailing of rusty hinges - which
is another close description of the vocals on Riding Into The Funeral Paths.
They also use clean singing once in a while, but it doesn't really improve the
matters. There's no power in this screeching whatsoever; it's just annoying.
However, the music is excellent here. It successfully combines the atmospheric
parts and the aggressive ultra-fast parts. The band is definitely accomplished
musicians, which is very much evident throughout the record, especially on the
tracks like "Crossing the Seven Gate" and the title track. There is a lot of
complexity in their music and sometimes it even gets rather intricate. But
overall, this one of the more accessible black metal albums. I'm not saying that
it's ear candy like Night In Gales or In Flames, but it's far from being played
the way black metal was supposed to be (remember the first Beherit album or
early Emperor). Guitar parts are very melodic yet raw enough to keep the songs
The band wanted to conceal their identity; their motivation being that most of
the black metal fans tend to slug off the bands that aren't of the Nordic
origin. This makes me actually speculate that the band are really Spanish and
most likely were all playing death metal or even grindcore (going by their speed
handling skills) in the past. I really don't think that they have a valid point
here. It's just the simple fact that most of the Spanish black metal bands that
I've heard so far were quite horrible (i.e. Blazemth and Xhanarathorn). Overall,
I must say that Riding Into The Funeral Paths is a quite successful album
that proves the point that even if you're not entirely original you can still
create flawless album. Hopefully, with the next releases Ouija will pick up some
of ideas of their own and will combine them with what they've already
accomplished to create a true black metal masterpiece.
Added: January 1st 2004
Reviewer: SoT Archives
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Posted by nemesis_divina666@hotmail on 2008-12-12 12:51:07
exelente que chimba esta banda la he estado buscando desde hace tiempos ..........esto si es musica
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