Rituals are a band 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.