CARONTE – Church of Shamanic Goetia
An hour long odyssey, Italy’s Caronte displays expert appeal in all things doom metal related on their second full-length "Church of Shamanic Goetia". The average track length at almost 9 minutes per (only "Black Mandala" has a conventional 5:32 timeframe, its low-tuned boogie arrangement possibly the most accessible song of the seven), the quartet live for early Sabbath, Danzig, Pentagram, and Saint Vitus. Leaving no stone or trick unturned, be it wah wah guitar effects, plodding rhythms, and Dorian Bones possessing eerie similarities to Glenn Danzig’s haunting vocal range makes "Handlecheyapi" and the evil "The Sulphur Shaman" easy to register positively for all underground maniacs into this style.
Three brothers in a band illustrates a unified front, and for all of you who think stoner music is the trend de jour, I’m fairly certain you’ll hate Caronte – because they come from the heart and essence of real doom metal on "Church of Shamanic Goetia". This album will separate the casual follower versus the lifer – as this needs a long-term investment to reap maximum benefits.