In a continuing attempt to cover more music that would all-too-oft slip through the very large cracks, we slumbering scribes are making an effort to publish the little one-off reviews that were previously (and arbitrarily) deemed too short for publication. Here's a mini-review of a short albeit very violent EP.
Written by: The Administrator
Greetings, dear reader. Do you have a mere 7 minutes of free space in your inevitably well-stocked music queue? If so, I highly recommend taking Anti Ritual's latest for a spin. Don't bother buckling up–regardless of safety precautions, you'll leave this brief encounter as bruised and battered as a crash test dummy after a double shift at the getting fucked up factory.
Make no mistake: engaging with Green Terrorism’s fiery display of self-described “caustic black/grind hardcore” is an inevitably pulverizing and visceral affair. The general trend is breakneck percussion with breathless riffs to match, a thrashing fray accompanied by some truly pissed off rabid snarls. If you like harsh music that drives home its point in gloriously bloody fashion while hastily leaves the scene of the crime, ANTI RITUAL have ye covered. Blistering violence is the name of the game, and indeed, it is pretty damn telling when a project's arguably most languorous and borderline sludgy track (the stellar "The Ghost of Mary Shelley") still manages to clock in at a brisk one minute and forty six seconds.
Green Terrorism is urgent and relentless and pugilistic to a fine-tuned degree. You can forget kid gloves--as they explicitly target those responsible for the capitalistic eradication of the global climate, ANTI RITUAL gleefully wield knuckledusters wrapped in bloodied barbed wire. And despite the outward grit and bluster, this project most certainly rewards repeat listens. The intent is crystal clear, and the execution is on point. If you're in the mood for violence, Green Terrorism comes highly recommended.
ANTI RITUAL - Green Terrorism was released May 5th, 2023 via Indisciplinarian. Find it here!
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Written by: Blackie Skulless
In 2021, Blazon Rite were able to capture my attention with their debut record’s bright personality. This year, they offered up another disc full of fantastical tales and glorious battles. Titled Wild Rites And Ancient Songs, the fitting feeling casts the same energy as before in a slightly more compact manner, but with a few minor nuances to note it as a worthwhile step forward. Naturally, things feel a bit cleaner, but the epic Philly traditional metallers offered up a little more than just that.
For one, there’s a clear injection of inspiration that aligns more with Iron Maiden tropes than full-on Savatage worship in the modern light. Galloping riffs with a slight step up in speed make up a higher percentage of this disc, without feeling like it steps into harsh territory. I’d also say that the songwriting itself is clearly defined in a very focused manner here; not that it was boring before, but Blazon Rite seems to have a personality built with higher purpose this time around. The solos are tight, and in general, the already compelling ideas from before have a sharper edge.
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