Occultation – Silence in the Ancestral House by Nadean Daley

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: Profound Lore Records
Distributor/label URL: http://www.profoundlorerecords.com
Released: 14th October 2014
Buy Album [URL]: http://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/album/silence-in-the-ancestral-house
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occultation/127574070630828?fref=ts

Band line-up:

E Miller – Guitars Viveca Butler – Vocals/Drums Annu Lilsa – BassPic (1)


1) Intro
2) The First of The Last
3) Laughter in The Halls Of Madness
4) All Hallows Fire
5) The Place Behind The Sky
6) The Dream Tide
7) Intermission
8) Forever Hereafter
9) Silence in the Ancestral House


Psychedelica is one of those genres that has been around for sometime, just like doom metal. Most famously founded during the 1960’s psychedelic has been progressing massively with age, again just like Doom metal. Now if you were to combine the two what exactly would you get? You get ‘Occultation,’ a three-piece outfit hailing from New York City. If you thought Uncle Acid and The Dead Beats took you to the darkest depths of the psychedelic scale think again, Occultation’s latest release ‘Silence In the Ancestral House’ welcomes you to the coven!

Over 9 tracks you can expect a harmonic, grove-laden vibe with enchanting vocals with ominous tones creating an eerie edge. Having recorded the entire album in God City Studios with Kurt Balov in Salem, where better to channel the darkness from within than the place most famous for witches and the occult. Reimaging their influences through out this latest album, Occultation have channeled inspiration fro the likes of Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and Mercyful Fate.

The intro may make you feel like you’re listening to a soundtrack from a horror movie, While ‘The First of The last’ gets straight to the point of what this band is actually about, deep, heavy riffs as Drummer Viveca Butler creates an eerie atmosphere with haunting vocals, Proving they know how they want to sound. ‘Laughter in The Halls of madness’ takes a different approach with rolling steady pulse like drumbeats as choppy guitar riffs weave in and out with Viveca’s vocals.

‘The place behind the Sky’ shows off great musicianship, as the bass and guitar bounce off each other, the melody is infectious and won’t be forgotten after the first listen. Album title track ‘Silence in the Ancestral House’ is a powerful doom ballad possessed with a haunting melody, making it the best track on the album.

You can’t help but feel like this album has been lost within the music archives of the 1970’s and gives the clear impression that Occultation are masters of their craft, filling a black hole, they have created their own Psychedelic-Doom Metal genre that will leave you wanting to hear this band live.

Review By Nadean Daley