Rituals have been making waves recently, being the 2023 Kerrang! The Deal competition winners, and third EP (their first on new label Marshall Records) shows exactly why they are already so beloved.
Opening track Living Blind is a ferocious piece of metalcore, mixing fast paced guttural screams with soaring vocal melodies, a catchy hook and a rhythm that will have you dancing around, it has all the hallmarks of a top band.
Lyrically, the track focuses on a lack of awareness for other people’s emotions, and kicks off a three-track EP exploring mental growth and the state of the world.
The titular track hits hard both musically and lyrically and is another great track.
Closer Cataclysm’s vocal mix is fab, adding atmosphere by layering clean vocals with quieter screams during the chorus. It has some sick breakdowns throughout.
I have one huge problem with the EP – it’s just not long enough and I want more! But knowing Rituals (and you can find out more about the band with our Download Festival interview here or our A-Z challenge here) there is already at least another EP ready because the band just do not stop.
If you’ve not checked out Rituals yet, definitely choose this EP as it is great. There are some old-school The Word Alive vibes throughout which pleases my musical brain.