vrijdag 28 augustus 2020

Ritual Earth – MMXX

Ritual Earth – MMXX
Self released – 2020
Rock, Metal, Doom, Space
Rated: *****

On heavy rotation the past week was Ritual Earth’s new album MMXX. The four-piece from Philly, came out swinging back in 2018 with a righteous three-track Demo, which took the stoner to a space doom level, it was gritty, grimy and full of massive layers of distortion. And guess what, those three tracks feature prominently on the new album; but with an entirely different coloring. Less grime, more space, less dense, more room to breathe. All three track have had their veil lifted and are now, thanks to the production, even more accomplished. And the other four tracks are definitely their equal. There is a dark groove here, a nebulous haze that gives off this critical odor, this all-encompassing feeling that you are listening to something vital. And it is, for in the way Ritual Earth makes this perfect amalgam of doom, rock, metal, space and prog, turning soundscapes into wonderous vistas and whole galaxies of sound, you know you will reach your auditory climax. Come again? Yes indeed! Please.

(Written by JK)

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