Much as I love doom metal, it bugs me that it often seems like such a boys' club. I mean, where do all the girls who love Black Sabbath riffs and gloomy lyrics end up? (Translation: Where are all the women like me?) I once googled "female-fronted doom metal" and wound up on a page that suggested...Nightwish. Bzzzt. No. I mean, I love Nightwish for what they are, but what they aren't is doom metal. In any way, shape, or form.
So, I was tremendously pleased to stumble across Blood Ceremony. The weird thing about Blood Ceremony is how staunchly retro they are. There's precious little in their music to indicate that it was recorded any later than the mid-1970s, but it sounds sincere rather than self-conscious. As if their albums happened to fall through a time warp onto the desk of an A&R guy at Metal Blade records in the 2010s. They sound almost exactly like you would imagine a jam session between Jethro Tull and Black Sabbath sounding if Ian Anderson were a woman. Complete with flute. Flute! How I love rock-and-roll flute.
Here is "Goodbye Gemini" from their most recent album The Eldritch Dark: