Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Rituals/Self Titled/ Alerta Antifascista Records/2012 CD Review


  Rituals  are  a b and  from  Phoenix,  Arizona  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  doom,  sludge  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  album  which  was  released  by  Alerta  Antifascista  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  playing  with  no  fast  drumming  or  blast  beats  being  present on  this  recording,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  riffs  that  combine  black  metal,  doom,  sludge  and  post  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  along  with  some  soft  and  clean  playing  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  dark  sounding  post  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  range  from  deep  doom/death  metal  growls  to  high  pitched  black  metal/sludge  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  writing  of  Elizabeth  Kubbler-Ross,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  with  most  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Rituals  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  black  metal,  doom,  sludge  and  post  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kubbler-Ross  Model"  and  "Takotsubo  Cardiomyopathy". RECOMMENDED  BUY.

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