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Review: Ritual - The Ancient Tome
The Ancient Tome

Label: Heaven and Hell Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 59:50
Tracks: 15
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: August 31, 2010
Reviewed by: Adam McAuley
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Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)

The Ancient Tome is a collection of the band's standout moments throughout their career. Melodic heavy metal with a hard rock kick is to be found here. There's a definitive lenience towards bands like Motley Crue to be found, with a feel good attitude. This is a best of compilation that features fifteen tracks. The songs have a straightforward enough structure. While there are heavy rollicking songs to be found, there are also more mellow ballads such as "No Longer Feel" and "If I Had Your Love". The combination of different approaches adds a bit more flavour to the proceedings. A lot of impact is added by the amount of fun the band display at all times.

The songs rollick along with a great deal of energy and compassion. The band performs a traditional metal style in some sense, but there's certainly a hard rock nature to be infused as well. The sound is a distinctive one that would have made a lot of sense in the eighties, though I question how the band will appeal to today's audience. The biggest drawback to the material is that it sounds somewhat dated and will probably appeal more greatly to fans of older music.

This may actually be more suited to metal listeners who like a lot of older hard rock the most. Regardless, the songs on The Ancient Tome are very solid, but just short of spectacular. They have a stripped down heavy metal flavour that some fans will appreciate more than others. The material that has been chose is all of a reasonably high quality level and the performances including the vocals are all of a high caliber. The Ancient Tome still gets a recommendation to fans of traditional metal and hard rock.

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