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Ritualization is a French underground blackened death metal band.
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Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss
Death Metal 2017


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The Vision of Fading Mankind
Death Metal 2011
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Beyond the Shrine of Shattered Bones
Death Metal 2013


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Rehearsal Tape 2007
Death Metal 2007
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The Abduction Mass
Death Metal 2009

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RITUALIZATION Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss

Album · 2017 · Death Metal
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With so many new bands coming along and new albums from old bands for that matter it’s easy for something to pass you by. France’s Ritualization have been kicking around for a while now with a couple of EP’s released in 2011 and 2013 and even earlier demos which I haven’t heard. Fortunately I’ve picked up on Sacraments To The Sons Of The Abyss, their recently released debut album. Fortunate because it’s pretty damn good.

After the suitably dark intro Conjuration of the Howling Depths it’s we’re into Last Rites Of The Damned and it’s relentless barrage of riffs and blastbeats make for a strong statement of intent. I’m not hearing anything particularly original here – they’ve no doubt been brought up on the old school death metal of the likes of Morbid Angel and Incantation but this stuff is played with such energy and conviction it’s hard not to be won over. They wisely slow it down now and then like on the intro of Herald Of Betrayal, one of the albums strongest moments as it happens, but this album’s largely a blackened death metal wall of sound. The vocals are typically low death growls but a black metal rasp occasionally rears its head. The standard of musicianship is excellent - inventive guitar solos but it’s more about the complex intricate riffing that’s constantly shifting as ferocious drums follow suit. This album is pretty much relentless from start to finish with the exclusion of the aforementioned Intro and outro Ashes Pouring From The Chalice, an effective way to open and close things. At 43 minutes it’s just about the right length, gets in there and kicks the shit out of you and buggers off. Perfect!

Whilst I was initially impressed it took a few plays for STTSOTA to fully reveal itself. There’s a hell of a lot going on in these grooves but it’s shaping up already to be one of the best death metal albums of 2017 so if you like your death metal on the black side you should really check these guys out. As a side note my vinyl copy came beautifully packaged with an album sized booklet and poster.

RITUALIZATION The Vision of Fading Mankind

Split · 2011 · Death Metal
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Genre: brutal death metal

An unholy alliance was forged between two of the most evil French bands on the face of this planet when the decision to release this split was made which features Temple of Baal and Ritualization.

While the Temple of Baal part is more black metal oriented Ritualization deliver old school brutal death metal along the lines of Suffocation, but slightly less technical and higher velocities of blastbeats, and with a few more nods towards black metal. Each song takes you through a flurry of old school death metal riffing and, true to the genre, Ritualization incorporates a whole lot of changes and sections into their songs, while the vocals are take the form of deep guttural growls.

The production is not too polished and has a hint of the good old death metal sound of the 90s; yet, it is quite well defined and really allows the listener to hear how skilled musicians the Ritualization guys are. All three songs (two of their own and a Mortem cover) are extremely well performed.

I find myself actually enjoying the Ritualization part a whole lot, and I would expect that fans of old school brutal death metal will find it just as enjoyable as I do.


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