Great new band that mix metal with folk and prog, a heavy Jethro Tull is what springs to mind, I have 2 of their albums and I have been trying to catch them live for some time now as they are brilliant. Get all their albums now.
This album is another in a long line of black sabbath style doomish 70's sounding bands, which might induce some groans from the die hard sabbath 70's hard rock freaks... but man whats wrong with soundin like sabbath?? I do not however mean to insinuate the album is entirely unoriginal; what sets this apart from other sabbath worship bands is the leading lady who sounds like she stepped into the studio direct from a 70's horror black magi exploitation flick, and she plays the pan pipes too, adding some very interesting lead lines to the music and giving the album an almost jazzy feel to it. If ya like doom rock and you wanna hear something a little different from the norm, then i would reccomend this. just dont expect floobanflargan.
It's fair to say that Sabbath fans will like this more than Tull fans. Lots of doomy guitar riffing, lyrics about black magic, black masses, black anything really. Add an intriguing female singer who adds flute to the mix and you do have an interesting variant on the Sabbath sound. Which is fine as far as it goes. Unfortunately it doesn't really go far enough where the material is concerned. Listen to any couple of tracks on this CD and you may be impressed. Listen to the whole thing and it's just more of the same: doomy riffing, black mass lyrics, a flavour of flute and that's about it. There's little light and shade here. Of course, Sabbath fans won't mind that. It's just that the initial effect is so intriguing I'd have liked a little more variety in the material. Once you've heard one song about an evil wizard / black mass / magic spell you'd like to move on. And Blood Ceremony don't. Which is why this is an interesting debut from an interesting band, but only three stars for me.