Musta Risti (Black Cross) play a muscular and organic style of stoner rock with looming whispers of doom laced throughout. Their self-titled debut EP is a blasphemous affair sure to wipe the loving smiles off the faces of the righteous. Their song titles alone give the impression that the band is not interested in extending the hand of friendship to the faithful: "Tulessa kastetut lapset" ("Baptized Children In The Fire"). For those that worship the magnificent fretwork of Mr. Iommi, let it be known that Musta Risti pays homage, which should earn them a tip of the cap from even the stingiest of heretics. Doom funk grooves and mouth watering syncopation earn the band repeated nods of approval. Cool riffs are in no short supply here. Again, Musta Risti play in the time-honored Black Sabbath tradition, but they are not clones of the hall of famers. Drums are treated as a lead instrument, riffs funk, strut and jerk, an ominous presence is felt throughout the length and breadth of the disc but it's all done in that distinctly Finnish tongue that goes beyond Jere Kilpinen singing in the band's native language. The earthen, organic quality that is often heard in Finnish bands is present and like most Finnish bands I hear a tremendous balance between all the performers where no one instrument or voice is emphasized above the others.