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Blood Ceremony - 2016 Lord Of Misrule

ARTIST: Blood Ceremony
ALBUM: Lord Of Misrule
LABEL: Rise Above Records
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Alia O'Brien - lead vocals, flute, wurlitzer, organ, mellotron * Sean Kennedy - guitars, chants * Lucas Gadkey - bass, background vocals * Michael Carillo - drums, chants

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Devil's Widow * 02 Loreley * 03 The Rogue's Lot * 04 Lord Of Misrule * 05 Half Moon Street * 06 The Weird Of Finistere * 07 Flower Phantoms * 08 Old Fires * 09 Things Present, Things Past



Since this disc has received high marks in both `Prog' and `Shindig!' magazines I thought it was time I checked out this Toronto based band. Blood Ceremony has been putting out music since 2008 but they've evolved beyond the Doom Metal stylings of their debut into something straight out of 1972.

The Songs
No, there is nothing modern about `Lord of Misrule'. Playing this you can just smell the burning incense from the cover photo and right down to the production this has all the feel and texture of a high-buck Harvest or Vertigo swirl album from days gone by. Like Metal Blade act Purson who cultivate occultism and the sounds of late 60's and early 70's with a female lead singer; Blood Ceremony has a ruby red jewel in Alia O'Brien. The label `Witch Rock' has been used to describe the band's vibe and that materializes on the riff-heavy opener `The Devil's Widow'. Guitarist Sean Kennedy clearly studied Tony Iommi's chops but this is now very much a progressive rock band and the folky bridge and O'Brien's beautiful flute recalls both Fairport Convention and `Stand Up' era Jethro Tull as well as Black Sabbath. The band enters the world of 1960's pop with `Loreley' which even includes some tasty Mellotron and what's not to like about that! Both `The Rogue's Lot', the title track and the very Tull-like `Half Moon Street' are bursting with hooks and are huge fun as is the Girl group, Day-Glo sendup `Flower Phantoms', that sounds like a gothic version of The Supremes while the murky melancholy of `Things Present, Things Past' draws a black velvet curtain on what is I think is one of the best albums released in 2016 thus far.

In Summary
Let's hope Blood Ceremony stick to mining old prog and heavy rock for at least one more album. They are on to something here and `Lord of Misrule' is well worth a swipe of your credit card. [word count 328]

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#1 | rkbluez on April 16 2016 23:51:58
Good review Eric...I was going to pass on this band until I read your review. I'm a huge early 70's heavy rock lover so I checked them out on You Tube and it's another one to add to the collection...Rise Above gets some cool bands...also love Sheavy...glad you pick it for a review.
#2 | Eric on April 17 2016 21:28:07
Thanks man. You won't be disappointed. guitar
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