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Herts supergroup releases debut video + download

Check out the Pattonesque ‘Pariah Messiah’

Ritual, the new North Herts-based metal act, have just released the video for their debut track ‘Pariah Messiah’, which you can watch below. A somber, down-tempo track with a sludgy riff, it’s the first taste of things to come – imagine Faith No More jamming with Mastodon and you’ll be in the right area. Though the band itself may only be around six months old, the members themselves are no strangers to the local music scene, as they’ve also played in some of the area’s top metal bands, such as Skrugg, The Wolves Of Avalon (both of which are also active), Blackeye, Seize The Day and Gilla Bruja, among others.

Like what you hear? Grab it here –

 

Ritual play their debut gig at Club 85 in Hitchin on Friday 29th September, where they’ll join headline act GraVil, Elysian Divide and The Mantis Divine.

For fans of: Faith No More, Mastodon, Boss Keloid, The Dillinger Escape Plan, anything sludgy

Contact:
https://www.facebook.com/ritualbandofficialUK
https://www.instagram.com/ritual_band_UK

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When Metal Chills Out

Occasionally, we like to understand the words. What?

 

Everyone knows that metal in its various forms is often a dark, angry genre of music, a genre that has often come under fire for allegedly inciting violence and encouraging ‘bad’ behaviour. What many may not though, and perhaps what some within the metal circles may forget, is that metal/heavy rock can often be the complete opposite of what it’s known for; sometimes, it can show some restraint. Sometimes, it wants to grab a drink with friends. Sometimes, it just wants to slow down, relax and chill the hell out. Know what I mean? For those who know, no examples are needed. For those still need further proof, get your ears around these.

A Perfect Circle – Magdalena

Pepper from Tool’s other band, taken from the album ‘Mer De Noms’. Utterly ethereal.

 

Apocalyptica – On The Rooftop With Quasimodo

Possibly my most favourite instrumental of all time. Taken from the album ‘7th Symphony’.

 

Deftones – You’ve Seen The Butcher

It’s no secret that this band have their quieter moments, but this is just one example. Sultry. Taken from the album ‘Koi No Yakan’.

 

Opeth – Face Of Melinda

Taken from the album ‘Still Life’. The perfect song doesn’t exi-

 

Theatre Of Tragedy – Siren

Just utterly relaxing though. Taken from the album ‘Aegis’.

 

Korn – Helmet In The Bush

A trippy moment from their debut album.

 

Fear Factory – Never End (original version)

A version that some might not have heard, as it differs from the version released on ‘Obsolete’.

(Check out the later version here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LWsLtceV5Y)

 

Def Leppard – Hysteria

Okay so maybe I’m cheating here as DF are known for having a more radio-friendly vibe, but this is the title track of one of the most ultimate party rock albums ever.

 

Pantera – Planet Caravan

A Black Sabbath cover, but there’s just something special about this version. Taken from the album ‘Far Beyond Driven’.

 

The Gathering – On Most Surfaces

This band had a habit of writing ethereal, lifting music. Taken from the album ‘Nighttime Birds’.

 

Cradle Of Filth – Nymphetamine Fix

Displaying their more gothic elements, perhaps the first time COF demonstrated their restrained side. Taken from the album ‘Nymphetamine’.

 

Talanas – Beloved Whore

An atmosperic track, taken from the prog/death metallers’ 7″ single.

 

Type O Negative – Christian Woman

A band who influenced many of those listed above. Wine-soaked goth. Taken from the album ‘Bloody Kisses’.

 

Tesseract – April

Could pretty much dive anywhere randomly into their discography for an example. Taken from the album ‘One’.

 

There are plenty of other tracks out there worth investigating (‘My Ruin’ by Sevendust sprang to mind whilst completing this), go listen, enjoy, and chill out!