DOWNLOAD- Living With the Ancients (2011) Rise Above
The great god Pan approves of this release and blows his pipe in salute to Blood Ceremony‘s latest output.
Finaly I got this album after three weeks of eager waiting. Even though I’ve just had the time to listen to it a couple of times I’m pretty sure it tops it’s predecessor! I read an interview with Blood Ceremony in Terrorizer magazine yesterday and they themselves state that they were more certain of what they wanted to achive with this release.
To my ears it sounds like singer Alia O’Brien’s vocals have matured, or at least taken on a darker tone, making her vocals sound more powerful. I also think the guitar riffs are knockin a bit more on Living With the Ancients compared to the first album. Guitarist Sean Kennedy knows when to punch the heavy out of the guitar and when to let the softer jazzy stuff kick in, creds to him for that.
Though fans of their first album wont be dissapointed, it’s still the same pagan flute-infested doomfest topped with a hammond organ.
The Great God Pan
Song of the woodlands
Pan Pipes are crying reeds
His maddened tune will lift the autumn leaves
We see the horned-one
We see his shape assume
The form of laughing wines & sandalwood fumes
When listening to Blood Ceremony it’s hard not to think about what inspires them!
It came as no surprise to me when i read that the main inspiration comes from 70’s Hammer horror movies, novels by Edgar Allan Poe and H.P Lovecraft etc. Alia O’Brien recently graduated with a degree in ethnomusichology, after studying ritualistic music as a project she states that she tries to bring the feeling of that into Blood Ceremony. I think she is doing a great job.
Now download the album, or better get yourself a cd or vinyl copy.
DOWNLOAD- Living With the Ancients