For those who are unaware of who Vampire’s Everywhere are, they are an industrial goth rock band who formed in 2009 that derived their name from the comic book of the same name, that features in the “Lost Boys” movie. Over the years they have seen multiple line-up changes, with vocalist Michael Orlando being the only original member (between 2013-2014 the band underwent a name change to The Killing Lights, they even released an EP under that name before reverting back to Vampire’s Everywhere in 2015). Their latest release Ritual is the bands third studio album.
Opening track “intro” is just that an intro, the sound of the creaky door opening sets the atmosphere for the darkness that is felt throughout the album. Stand out tracks include “Black betty”, a song about a devilish woman introduces the industrial rock that is felt throughout the album. There is a beautifully written instrumental titled “Interlude”. Piano driven, it shows the talent that is harboured by Orlando. “Ghost inside my head” is an emotionally powerful song, and is a personal favourite of mine. Many people who have been through heartbreak or something that has changed them could really relate to this song.“Take Me To Church” is a cover version of Hozier’s song. This version features the vocals of Alex Koehler from Chelsea Grin and compared to the original this version is surprisingly captivating, the chorus draws you in and “American Nightmare” which had the essence of Rob Zombie.
The album has a very DIY feel to it. It’s a feeling that very often gets lost with bands as they develop but Vampires Everywhere have stayed true to themselves and the hard work that has gone into the album can be felt throughout. It is a tremendous collection of dark, gritty and emotionally challenged rock songs that will be loved be new and old fans.