Yeti – Ritual
Self released – 2015
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Doom, Psych, Metal, Occult
They hail from the cold northern wastes of Finland, just like a famed snow beast they named themselves after. But this incarnation of Yeti produces surprisingly warm sounding psychedelic rock, proto metal and occult stoner. The quartet was founded around 2009 and the album released at the end of this summer called Ritual is their debut effort. And what a great way to introduce your music to the world. Thanks to a definite eclectic bunch of tracks this album keeps you on the edge of your seat. Their confident love for the old ways has you enjoying their proto offerings, their doom trek and mystic rock which all have this folky edge to it. Thanks in huge part to the fine female vocals of Kaisa Kari, but also because of their guitar colorings in tracks like She for instance. The most impressive part is probably that you enjoy every one of those highly diverse tracks and immediately accept the variation as logical given. Where other bands stick to their guns on every track, these Finnish freaks try different avenues every song over. And not one of them sounds like a wrong corner to take. So, right before we start the Stoner HiVe top 20 countdown of 2015, only a few hours left to get your votes in, we have found another album that definitely makes the grade! Yeti, frighteningly good!
(Written by JK)