Blood Ceremony
Blood Ceremony


4.0
excellent

Review

by NOOTH USER (1 Reviews)
October 5th, 2008 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sabbathy psychedelic stoner prog metal rock with a cutie pie singing about Satan's bong or something.

Looking back on the past decade, it seems that traditional, backwards-looking doom metal has gradually become more prevalent in the metal scene. Pagan Altar and Witchfinder General have both returned from obscurity to blow everyone's minds again, while relatively newer groups such as Reverend Bizarre, The Gates of Slumber, and Hour of 13 have carried on the gauntlet of slow riffs and occultist themes. Blood Ceremony, who formed in Toronto just a couple years ago, deviate slightly from the tried-and-true structures with heavy doses of Jethro Tullesque progressive rock and a lead female vocalist. Yes, that means there is plenty of flute.

My first thought when initially listening to Blood Ceremony was whether or not the vocals would in the vein of every clich├ęd goth metal band. You know the shtick: tons of operatics, lacy clothing, and enough white makeup to make an albino blush. Luckily, Alia O'Brien's earthy voice is usually gentle and soulful, complimenting the Sabbathian riffs and flute excursions. "Master of Confusion" appropriately begins the album with two minutes of horror film organ before launching into the metal-stuffs we have all come to expect. "Into the Coven" twists and turns, weaving nice 'n' evil guitar parts with equally awesome lyrics (Did I just hear "They smoke black drugs with Satan's bong"?). Although he isn't a clone by any means, you can definitely tell that guitarist Sean Kennedy has studied Tony Iommi when it comes to soloing.

The album starts to really cook in the second half, where Blood Ceremony seem to wear their "progressive" badge proudly; "Hop Toad" and "Children of the Future" both feature plenty of tempo and mood shifts. The former begins with thunderous drumming before launching into a Middle Eastern-tinged flute solo and back into the metallic fray. "Children of the Future" begins and ends as blues rock torch ballad, showcasing O'Brien's sultry vocal delivery that wouldn't be out of place 40 years ago. Closing off Blood Ceremony is the group's most eerie and well-constructed song, "Hymn to Pan". Much of the song sounds distant, as if it were being played from Marshall stacks in the depths of a marsh. They get all epic on our asses in the last several minutes, busting out cymbal crescendos, roaring guitar solos, and plenty of organ. Once the album returns to silence, it becomes obvious how well Blood Ceremony's mixture of influences actually works. There are no gimmicks here, and unlike doomtards such as The Sword, they actually know how to use past influences as points of reference for building something new.


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Fantastic doom metal album with catchy songs, evil guitar riffs and crazy flute solos....


Comments:Add a Comment 
bastard
October 5th 2008


3435 Comments


nice job soundoff kid

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2008


17920 Comments


b&.

jrowa001
October 5th 2008


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i love this album. they are really nice too, i talked to them on myspace for a bit

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2008


17920 Comments


that's for the special edition digipak with a poster + long sleeved tee

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2008


16089 Comments


Totally never going to listen to this after all

Captain North
October 5th 2008


6787 Comments


Awesome review.

BallsToTheWall
October 25th 2008


44388 Comments


So I need this bad. Myspace kciks ass.This Message Edited On 10.25.08

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Ovrot
April 17th 2012


10494 Comments


rules

TheTruthPig
May 9th 2012


6 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Album gets old real fast. Horrible and limited vocalist. It's just not as good as the hype makes out.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
June 4th 2012


1877 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's every bit as good as the hype makes out. I could't imagine missing a single second of this wonderful album, as it has so many distinctive musical elements. Generally combines the heavy riffage of Black Sabbath and the folky, psychedelic melodies of Jethro Tull and Hawkwind, also making a truly outstanding sound all their own. A highlight of the genre for sure.

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SteelErectedb4you8er
June 4th 2012


2616 Comments


There really isn't too much hype around the band. That I have seen. However, for what they do, they do a great job creating that old school vibe. And if you like the retro/old school rock, I don't know how you could hate it. I like this album, but the Living With the Ancients, I dig that even more.



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