WITCH RITUAL - Death Beyond
For the past decade there's been a decent size crop of female fronted doom bands who have an occultist, mystical influenced theme within their sound. Personally I thinks that's a good thing, women in metal, especially when they have talent. As far as those bands go some of em had an added psychedelia touch. Other acts were rooted in the 70's hard rock era. While some bands were basic traditional doom. The stoner rock acts are a dime a dozen.
WITCH RITUAL are a new doom act out of Berlin who follow along in the whole occult themed sub genre. Basically we're talking about witches, demons, Satan and rituals. Musically their sound is CANDLEMASS-lite with a vocalist who reminds me of Jex Thoth. Yeah that's a good thing to me because I use to like her vocals. They're a cool, gutsy witch style which are never airy or wailing.
This release is their debut full length. I never heard their EP, Rising Doom, from 2016 which is my loss. But what we have here is a solid album and with some standout tracks which are kick ass. First off "The Earth Rises Up" is exceptional since the riffs and vocals/screams complement one another. Then there's "Ruins" which is totally reminiscent of JEX THOTH with a better vocal delivery.
All in all WITCH RITUAL's Death Beyond is a solid debut release. But I'll hold out to see and hear what they'll do next. I think the production values missed out. Lacri's vocals could've been more prominent on certain tracks. The guitars, bass and drums could've been more thunderous at times. Instead the subtle-ness is sleep inducing. Next time.