Fates Warning meets Dark Angel with vocals right at home on Painkiller and enough riffs to make even a Mercyful Fate diehard happy.
Thrashers Kill Ritual have finally released their much anticipated album The Opaque And The Divine and from the initial song review, I knew it would be a killer. It wastes no time kicking your ass but this is far from a one-trick speed demon pony.
The Opaque And The Divine kicks it off with an indictment of organized religion and politics respectively with “Dead God” and “King Of Fools”, calling out the hypocrisy inherent in the system in true thrash fashion. The execution is flawless and is just a taste of the brutal pounding to come.
A huge standout comes halfway through with “World Gone Mad”. Given the state of affairs of the world, it is both hauntingly familiar and strangely prophetic as it also showcases that no matter how bad it gets, it can always be worse. It’s just catchy enough to be an ear worm yet no less brutally heavy for it.
Kill Ritual change it up a bit on some songs as well. “Praise The Dead” begins with a very Eastern inspired intro a la Marty Friedman before careening into a thrasher right at home between “All Guns Blazing” and “Painkiller” with the vocal prowess to match, while being just as haunting and vivid as “World Gone Mad”.
We’ve already touched on “Touch The Dark”, the first release from this tour de force in thrash and it kicks no less ass when compared to its peers on the album. If anything, it was the hook in you before the album tears you apart Hellraiser style!
The true standout is “Veil Of The Betrayer”. There isn’t a song on this album that doesn’t kick complete ass but this one has it all. A shred intro in the vein of classic Helstar, a downright demonic scream as all hell breaks loose, an incredibly calm interlude reminiscent of “Disciples Of Babylon” by DragonForce with all the guitar theatrics and time/tempo changes any fan of prog metal could ever want.
Metal chameleon vocalist Chalice has range from a demonic growl to a piercing scream with a veteran team of shredders and thunder like no other. The band’s sound is reminiscent of Fates Warning meets Dark Angel with vocals right at home on Painkiller and enough riffs to make even a Mercyful Fate diehard happy. Check out Kill Ritual’s new release The Opaque And The Divine and crank up the volume! \m/
Kill Ritual are:
Steven D. Rice – Guitar
Chalice – Vocals
David Alusik – Bass
Seamus Gleason – Drums