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LIVING WITH THE ANCIENTS

Blood Ceremony

 

Heavy Prog

3.63 | 43 ratings

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FunkyM
4 stars I haven't submitted a review to the ProgArchives before, but I feel this is a band that is deserving of attention.

This is the second album by Blood Ceremony, a band based out of Toronto, Canada who's sound is sure to immediately invoke a JETHRO TULL meets BLACK SABBATH feeling in many listeners thanks to the heavy guitars and the flute playing by their lead singer, Alia O'Brien. This holds true on their second release, which is close in sound to their debut album.

Overall, I found this release an enjoyable follow up to their debut and at least on par in quality. The album is divided into ten tracks and not too surprisingly the longer ones are the highlights. The five tracks which go over the six minute mark all range from good to excellent. In particular, the opener "The Great God Pan" and the closer "Daughter of the Sun" both have an epic quality to them.

The shorter tracks are not quite as memorable. Perhaps because they are shorter, they don't have time to fully sink in as the longer tracks do. However, "The Witch's Dance" is a pleasant, albeit brief flute interlude.

One of the most distinguishing features over either of the two bands that Blood Ceremony is likely to be compared to is Alia O'Brien, a female lead singer. I enjoy her vocals a lot. She's more of a Grace Slick than a Annie Haslam and that suits the music perfectly.

I'm hoping to hear a lot more from this band in coming years.

FunkyM | 4/5 |

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