Ritualization – Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss (2017)

Country: France

Label: Iron Bonehead Productions

Review by JH

The tyrants from France known as Ritualization have been terrorizing weak souls with their sinister brand of death metal ever since their inception in 2006. Since then, the band has released two demos, an EP, split, and now their debut album titled, “Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss,” with artwork courtesy of Chris Moyen.

Ritualization play top-tier death metal that sounds like an unholy hybrid of bands like early Deicide, Incantation, and Angelcorpse. The music possess an incredibly dark tone, punctuated in a storm of jagged riffs that run you over like a train, while the vocals are furious roars that will send the wimps run off to their mommies. The drums are savage and tighter than spandex on a 300-pound woman, while the bass is skillfully played and embedded in the mix. The musicianship is top-notch, and the band does an amazing job balancing the instruments, which is supported by a clear, albeit excellent production.

This band delivers an intensity on par with some of the very best in genre, which just shows that there’s more to France than just black metal. There’s not a dull moment on this album, every song is tightly arranged and sonically devastating, with monstrous dual vocals and deadly riffs scattered throughout.

It took the band a long time to finally release their debut album, although it’s probably due to the fact that they spend years altering their craft, and it shows. “Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss” is a punishing album from start to finish that’s worth every cent for anyone who’s serious about death metal.

JH