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Review: Ritual - Soldiers Under Satan's Command
Soldiers Under Satan's Command

Label: Wild Rags Records
Year released: 1998
Duration: 30:25
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black/Thrash


Review online: November 15, 2000
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4.3/5 (86%) (20 Votes)

Oh yeah. That's the stuff. Thirty (too short) minutes of pure, raw, no frills metal, so good that I've had this one in the CD player ever since I got it. Ritual is a duo of American black metallers whose sound borrows from Norwegian black metal in its guitar sounds, while not going for the dark atmosphere reminiscent in those bands' sound. To put it simply, Ritual sounds as though they took their instruments and played, no keyboards, no synthesizers or what-have-you to add little sound effects here and there. This results in a no-brainer, it's just plain good. I should say great. This I think will please both Black Metal and Thrash Metal fans, and probably some others as well.

Now for the bad news. There is no band contact information in the booklet - which by the way doesn't include the lyrics - and the only contact info is for the record label, which I'm told has gone bankrupt. I don't know if the band still exists, I couldn't find anything on them. So don't look for this in record stores. I got it from eBay, and if you ever see it listed, you'll want to bid on this little jewel.

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