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Review

Sanctifying Ritual – Sanctifying Ritual

Band: Sanctifying Ritual
Album: Sanctifying Ritual
Label: Iron Bonehead Productions
Genre: Death Metal, Deathrash, Old School Death Metal
Country: Germany
Release Date: June 5, 2020
For Fans Of: Sadistic Intent, Pestilence, Repugnant

Eleven years ago German death/thrash band, Sanctifying Ritual released their first demo. Three years later they released another demo, which was followed with their first EP a year later. Then there was seven years of darkness. The year is now 2020 and Sanctifying Ritual are ready to return with their much anticipated, self-titled debut full-length. Sanctifying Ritual had some serious buzz in the early 2010’s which has dissipated over the years as members focused on their other projects, Nocturnal Witch and Division Speed. So the question is, can the band rebuild the momentum that they were gaining and impress the undergrounds hordes once again?

If someone said that Sanctifying Ritual could have come out in 1985, it would be one hundred percent believable. The album is raw and underproduced, in a good way, and it incorporates the sounds of 80s death thrash with the intensity of speed metal from the same era. The riffs are fast, the drums are driving and the vocals are as harsh and nasty as they should be. Sanctifying Ritual have proven able to master this throwback sound and do not feel as if they have missed a beat in their time gone. Tracks such as Curse of Evil and Carved in Rotten Remains remind me of the reasons that I got into extreme metal in the first place, and the album has an overall nostalgic feel that makes for a truly enjoyable listen. 

Sanctifying Ritual have created an album that is guaranteed to please that metal head that we all know that doesn’t think that there has been a good album to come out since 1986, however, that is where this album falls just short for me, it lacks something that is very important in a scene in which a new band comes out every three minutes and that is originality. I have heard this album done better by bands like Sadistic Intent and Pestilence. Not that this is bad but after listening to it a few times for this I found myself wanting to listen to Consvming Impvlse for the first time in years, which is a problem because an album should bring the listener back to it and this one just didn’t do that for me. 

Another issue that was really apparent throughout my listening experience was how similar most of the songs on the album were. The riffs were really good but they were almost always underscored with blasting double bass drumming that made it difficult to differentiate one riff from the next. It also made it difficult to pick stand out tracks, as I often had to pull up the tracklisting to see if I was listening to a new song. A truly great album should have stand out moments and this album simply did not, however, it didn’t have any truly bad moments either. 

I know that it may seem as if I really disliked this album, but I actually enjoyed it overall, it just wasn’t enough to push it into that category of albums that I will put into my listening rotation. I think that people are actually gonna love this album and that Sanctifying Ritual have crafted something that is sure to please the fans that have been waiting for the past decade plus. I also think that this is an album that is sure to gain the band some notoriety and even bring in new fans. Unfortunately it just didn’t do it for me. The album is well made, the musicianship is top notch and the songs are good, but something just didn’t connect for me personally. It is a very good album that I enjoyed listening to, I just don’t see myself returning to it in the future. 

Rating: 6.5 / 10

Tracklist

  1. (Tales of the) Sinister Appearances
  2. Into Obscure Abyss
  3. Curse of Evil
  4. Obsessed by Gore
  5. Carved in Rotten Remains
  6. Stained with Rotten Blood
  7. Throne of Evil Atrocity
  8. Mankind Devastation
  9. Abominable Death Rebels

Total Playing Time: 41:16

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