Friday, December 30, 2016

LP Review: "Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss" by Ritulization

Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss
In their fifth season, Star Trek The Next Generation had a spectacular episode called A Matter of Time.

This episode revolved around the Enterprise working as hard as possible to save a planet from imminent destruction, because naturally, the planet's population lacked the foresight to, you know, start evacuation of said planet.

Well, lo and behold a time traveler from the future arrives just as they're working towards saving the planet under the guise of wanting to witness  this historic feat.

As the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are the best and brightest in Starfleet, they finally ferreted out what was really going on.

The man was in fact a time traveler, but from the past and not the future. This criminal was attempting to rewrite history with his hand being far more deeply involved than it should have been.

Ritualization reminds me a great deal of this particular Star Trek villain.

Naturally the only difference is what if he had succeeded in stealing the future's secrets, and then coming back to the future later with his pastly stuff updated to be futurely?

Ok that's a pretty far jump to make, but let's just go with this.

Imagine, if you will, a cross pollination between modern day technical death metal, old school death metal, and all the of recording techniques available to Les Paul and Mary Ford.

Then you'll have an idea of where Ritualization falls.

They play modern music, but it's made to sound musty and dirty because of the way it's recorded, but the very idea of it sounding different is criminal. It's a  perfect melding of mood and metal.

The vocals come on like a winter's storm, cold, brooding, and unyielding. There are guitar solos who sound like vintage horror movies.

The production, the music, and the vibe... It all adds up to one thing, Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss is a vinyl worthy purchase.

Release: 2/3/17
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Iron Bonehead
Formats: LP/CD/Digital

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