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The Eldritch Dark
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2013
From the fun but obvious 'Sabbath with flutes & a female vocalist' template of their debut, Blood Ceremony have gradually developed their own unique identity and on this latest offering finally realise their potential. They've added more Folk, Prog and 60's Psych influences to their sound and even lift chunks of 'Nights in White Satin' for the Wickerman-referencing 'Lord Summerisle'. Any band with such excellent taste in films and who clearly revere Holy Sons of Birmingham like Black Sabbath and The Moody Blues are alright by me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Another great album from this uplifting band, quite a bit of folk in there, not as heavy as the first album, if they keep this up I shall be buying further albums from this band. Very underrated by a lot of people, some great musicians in the band and the writing is very good, buy this and their other albums.
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on 26 September 2014
Blood ceremony have added a folk element to their sound, but there is still a strong occult rock base. The sound has progressed with the addition of male vocals and a violin. This is too be lauded; merely repeated the first two albums would not be nearly as rewarding as this album. The songs are beautifully written with interesting lyrics. The Ballad of the Weird Sisters is my favourite.
"When at once we heard a-hissing
- was it a devil or a snake?
Had we heard the sounds of laughter
That dangerous women make?"

They still rely heavily upon the considerable talents of Alia O'Brien on vocals and flute, but all the instruments are strong and clearly heard. I particularly enjoyed the clear bass.

I loved this band's first two albums, but cannot praise enough the evolution of their sound. Recommended for fans of occult folk / rock everywhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2014
This third album maintains the consistent highs of their previous releases, not a dud track to be heard. Obvious references to early 1970s folk and metal remain, but done with such skill and execution that there's no hint of parody or pastiche.
When are they going to tour the UK?
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on 8 January 2014
Firstly lets get the medium out of the way: the vinyl pressing is excellent, a heavyweight purple disc of awesomeness, as is the gatefold - no qualms there, the guys at Rise Above Records do not disappoint.
The music itself is great, the mix of heavy metal and folk-rock is much more proeminent on this album than the previous one, and that can't be a bad thing. At only 40 minutes, I did wish the album was a bit longer, but those 40 minutes are filled with great songs and excellent musicianship.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Tremendous third album from this awesome band,not quite as immediate as the first two albums,give it a couple of listens,it's amazing
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on 12 April 2015
Thank U! I am very happy!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2014
Coming on like a chocolate twist of Jethro Tull and a little too obviously Sabbs ; this piece is a sort of burnt offering that seems to await the final call . In other words its good but it aint quite there ; sorry and im definitely not intending sexism but it needs a bit more balls . Crank it up a bit ; let it rip ; let it rock an let it roll!!!!! Metalicus Maximus. Listen to the Krokus back catalogue and hear how its really done !!! Look ive listened to thousands of albums from Sepulchura to Coney Hatch and if u don't like my review then put ur metal where ur mouth is and hammer down some feed back .
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