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4.11 | 86 ratings | 3 reviews | 28% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Witchwood (6:58)
2. Goodbye Gemini (4:22)
3. Lord Summerisle (3:24)
4. Ballad Of The Weird Sisters (6:03)
5. The Eldritch Dark (4:21)
6. Drawing Down The Moon (5:20)
7. Faunus (2:24)
8. The Magician (8:03)

Total time 40:55

Line-up / Musicians

- Alia O'Brien/ vocals, flute, organ, synths
- Sean Kennedy / guitar, backing vocals
- Lucas Gadke / bass, double bass, vocals
- Michael Carrillo / drums

- Ben Plotnick / fidle (4)

Releases information

Artwork: Annick Giroux with Gaven Dianda (logo)

LP Rise Above Records ‎- RISELP164 (2013, UK)

CD Rise Above Records ‎- RISECD164 (2013, UK)

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BLOOD CEREMONY The Eldritch Dark ratings distribution

(86 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(28%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
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BLOOD CEREMONY The Eldritch Dark reviews

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Review by Warthur
4 stars Blood Ceremony work further to establish a unique identity for themselves on The Eldritch Dark. Whilst still showing a doom metal influence, the overt borrowing from Black Sabbath is dialled back considerably here in favour of more varied borrowings from classic-era proto-prog, early metal and heavy psych bands. You can imagine Blood Ceremony opening for Vanilla Fudge or Deep Purple, especially with Alia O'Brien's three-pronged attack on vocals, flute and organ enhancing the group's sound. Once again managing to recapture the spirit of Coven or Black Widow without succumbing to mere nostalgia-peddling, Blood Ceremony might be one of the most consistently interesting acts in the witch rock scene they've come to popularise.
Review by Nightfly
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5 stars The third album from Canadian doom/heavy rock band Blood Ceremony, The Eldritch Dark was released in 2013, two years after the excellent Living With The Ancients.

It's very easy to label any band that uses flute and has an early seventies vibe about them as having similarities to Jethro Tull but the comparison is valid here - think early seventies Aqualung era. Also most people pick up on the Black Sabbath influence but with The Eldritch Dark it's less apparent than before with less of a doom element with more emphasis on heavy rock with psych/prog leanings. In Alia o'Brien not only do they have a great singer but a versatile musician (flute and organ) and bassist Lucas Gadke and new drummer Michael Carillo handle the numerous twists, turns and dynamics with ease. Sean Kennedy is an inventive guitarist with an arsenal of great riffs at his disposal, powerful yet very tasteful and restrained when required.

Like all great albums The Eldritch Dark retains a high standard throughout with some truly captivating songs making picking highlights difficult but Ballad Of The Weird Sisters is a good benchmark to show the depth and breadth of the band with a dynamic performance as well as a killer hook. It also benefits from guest fiddle player Ben Plotnick's presence. Lord Summerisle shows their lighter acoustic side and Drawing Down The Moon shows their musical chops off well shifting through many parts. The short Tull-esque instrumental Faunus leads nicely into the eight minute closer The Magician and it doesn't disappoint finishing with a melancholic organ drenched instrumental outro. A great way to close a brilliant album.

I really love the overall sound of this album too. Whilst it packs a considerable punch it has a warmth, at least on my vinyl copy, I associate with the best sounding seventies albums. Anyone who likes the kind of heavy rock that was prevalent in the early seventies really needs to check this excellent album out. Their best yet and easily deserving of 5 stars.

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4 stars I am surprised at the relative neglect of Blood Ceremony by my fellow reviewers here at Prog Archives. I'm glad that Warthur, one of my favorite reviewers, has given Blood Ceremony the attention they deserve. They're more progressive and better qualified for a spot here at the Archives than some o ... (read more)

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