By: Callum (CJ) Lavender
Label: Massacre/Soul Food
Available: 20th February 2015
Official Website: http://www.ancientrites.be/
So here we have a type of album that admittedly I go out of my way to avoid. However I did sense that there was something different about this one and 3rd parties gave me a push in its direction. And for the most part I’m glad I did discover it. An album that fuses black metal, folk metal and symphonic all together by a band that has been going for several decades, that I have heard for the first time.
The songs I enjoyed the most and recommend are: ‘Golden Path’, ‘Under the sign’ and ‘Fatum’.
The things that I enjoyed most about the album are all of the folk Celtic sounds and ballads that are just glorious. I also really enjoy the lyrics about medieval and mystical themes. In metal that is something that is never going to get old. The guitar sounds and riffs are fairly solid and blending all of these things together is an interesting concept.
The things that I didn’t enjoy about the album are (to nobody’s surprise) the gravity blasts, it’s fairly difficult to imagine any other pattern filling those parts but it still doesn’t do it for me. A part from the start and end pretty much every song sounds the same to the point where I don’t want to pay attention to it after the first 5 songs.
The things I’m having mixed feelings on are the vocals; some parts they are awesome (especially with those harmonies), other parts they are tolerable and other times they are not so good.
So while this album is not fantastic it is definitely one of the better black metal albums. It might be my imagination but I get the feeling that they have (or had) the potential to be a world commercial metal band but don’t want to be. If that’s true then that’s admirable. A fairly decent album but not one I’m going to be listening to again I don’t think.