|Review: Beast of Revelation - The Ancient Ritual of Death|
|The Ancient Ritual of Death|
Label: Iron Bonehead Productions
Year released: 2020
Review online: September 8, 2019
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:The Ancient Ritual of Death
Remember when Doom/Death was about taking the slow, despairing songwriting approach of Doom Metal and adding the aggression and heaviness of Death Metal to create a sound that was mercilessly crushing and bleak? Beast of Revelation certainly remember and seeing that the band has veterans of the scene like Bob Bagchus and John McEntee in their ranks, it's easy to see why they do. Along with guitarists AJ van Drenth and Eric Daniels and bassist Sandra Hoegn, they created a sort of super group whose debut album, The Ancient Ritual of Death, bows low before the altars of such albums as Gothic, Mental Funeral, and Forest of Equilibrium.
This album is 41+ minutes of crushing, pitiless Doom/Death that sounds that would sound like it was made in the early '90s if not for the modern production job giving it just enough clarity without taking away the all-important murky atmosphere of torment and despair. John's death grunts are as anguished and hateful as they've ever been, and the whole band plays like they're performing a ritual to summon ancient horrors come to spread the agony and hatred that they suffered in their past lives and beyond. Uncompromising, merciless, and heavy as fuck, this is a release for anyone who wants their Doom/Death old school.
Also, I received an early copy from an old friend of mine (thanks a ton, Bob!), which means that at the time this will go up, you'll have to wait a few months to get it. Trust me, it'll be worth the wait.
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