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Ritual Steel - V

Ritual Steel
by Craig Rider at 23 November 2019, 11:50 PM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I am proud to present to you: RITUAL STEEL; signed via Pure Steel Records, hailing from the glory of Germany - performing Heavy Metal, on their 5th album entitled: "V" (released 25th October, 2019).

Since formation in 2001; the trio in question have 5 albums in their discography so far, I am introduced to their 5th album entitled: "V". 9 tracks ranging at around 44:25; RITUAL STEEL arrange an intricately designed formula of hard-hitting Heavy Metal developments. "Does Tomorrow Exist" begins the record; conveying amplified adrenaline, boistrously bouncy catchiness & a barraged frenzy of flamboyantly composed instrumentation that chugs with frolicking grooves in which manifests uniquely versatile vehemence with concretely gnarly grit. Forging a healthy dose of crushing harmonies, galloping chaos & meticulous mayhem that shines with quintessential virtuosities - while riveting with relentlessly melodious ramifications, pumping out savage rhythms that rage with taintedly industrial aesthetics.

Consisting of John Cason on vocals; the frontman showcases throaty snarls, pipes of profusely robust screams that yell with killer lungs of high-pitched might. "Civil Unrest" demonstrates diligently complex detail; distributing experimental finesse, embellishing on fluidly polished musicianship. Guitar/bassist Sven Böge injects infectiously dynamic bass audibility; as well as blistering guitar riffing, supplying rapidly swift nimbleness & sonically seamless solos that thunder with monstrously meaty shreds - roaring with ripping substance. "Jackyl & Hyde" stampedes with volatile precision; pulsating with steely thumpiness, remedious raspiness & energetic dexterity. Creating a borderline foundation of punchy songwriting memorability, trailblazing sound production & vibrantly potent quirks of snappy stability.

"Kingdom Of Death" embellishes on experimental firepower, fabricating momentously primitive stability with rawly rough solidities… rambunctiously pummelling with stompy pounding that strikes with rumbling quakes from drumming powerhouse Martin Zellmer. Systematically subjugating whirlwind grinds, and chunky embodiments of lacerating hymns that pulverize with rampant triggers which is smothered with wildly rushing sharpness. "Doomonic Power" electrifies into a thrashing maelstrom of hybrid dimensions; evolved with chisling haste, continuously establishing fiercely distinctive immersivity & constructively distinguished executions that implements explosive ferocity with jumpy thrills. "The Evil Elite" consistently captivates eardrums with engaging elements like flowing battering, ramming with wonderously organic substance & ruthlessly sinister pandemonium - the elegantly exquisite kind.

"Confrontation On The Frontlines" hammers with persistently modernized styles; overarched with traditional Power Metal perseverence which varies things up nicely, while oozing out progressively technical pursuits that run with cutting edge domination. "Ritual Steel II" (which I believe is a sequal to the previous song on a previous record) subsides with more proficient representations of prestigious results; materialized with old-school characteristics, burning into a dizzying grandure of combustible deadliness. Overall concluding "V" with the speedy "The Ritual Steel Hammer; I am compelled to say that RITUAL STEEL certainly outdone themselves here, gripes? Perhaps the vocals to start with; a few more repeats though, I find myself enjoying an entertaining experience… potentially talented panache revolved with remarkably splendid slabs of molten metal! A great discovery all metal maniacs should relish.

Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Does Tomorrow Exist
2. Civil Unrest
3. Jackyl & Hyde
4. Kingdom Of Death
5. Doomonic Power
6. The Evil Elite
7. Confrontation On The Frontlines
8. Ritual Steel II
9. The Ritual Steel Hammer
John Cason - Vocals
Sven Böge - Guitars/Bass
Martin Zellmer - Drums/Percussion
Record Label: Pure Steel Records


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