Thursday, March 25, 2010

Initial Impressions: Blood Ritual: Black Grimoire

I recently placed an online order with Moribund Records that was high enough that they sent me a free CD. That CD was Blood Ritual's Black Grimoire. I had never really heard of the band and had no idea of what to expect when listening to it.

Blood Ritual is an occult death metal band sounding like Incantation, Morbid Angel and Immolation, with some more brutal moments. They play typically very long songs with lots of blistering riffs and pounding drums. The guitar solos fit well with the music, and are not blazing fast and overly technical. The vocals are fairly typical for the genre: deep death growls.

This band is clearly of the occult variety with song titles like "Invocation of Satan" and "Summoning the Unholy War". They do not do a lot to distinguish themselves from other bands of this style, but nonetheless, this is an interesting album.

The only problem I have with it is more of a technical thing. I got the album for free, minus a jewel case. The CD itself was just sitting in the package and it got scratched up quite a bit. It skips quite a bit in track 5 for some reason. Still, I'm not complaining...too much.

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