One of the best parts of writing about metal is being sent music from all around the world, covering the many facets that are on the plate of Heavy Metal.
Most recently I had the pleasure of listening to the debut EP from Ritualizer: Blood Oaths. Since the 90's it is fair to say that metal has deviated off from what came before it and has evolved into a genre which now places heavy emphasis on which band can be the most extreme. For me personally I have always been a fan who was stuck in the middle. Whilst I do appreciate the darkness that metal has wrapped itself in, I am still a fan of that classic sound that this genre was built on, stemming from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
With this EP I found myself reminiscing about why that era was so great. This EP reminded me that metal does not need to be overtop, at blistering speed or deal with abhorrent topics. Ritualizer cut back into the roots from which this great genre came. The EP is classically written, with production that made me feel like I was in a Judas Priest record. Most EP's offer a variety of shorter song to showcase a band's catalogue, however here Ritualizer have put much more emphasis on the depth and length of the songs which in my eyes has paid off. I really appreciated the clarity, sense and direction that was given when writing these songs. The lead guitar work here as well as vocals are excellent and the riffs make for an exciting debut EP.
Ritualizer are tapping into a territory which has been unfortunately forgotten, but I hope that the future of this band is prosperous as it is exactly what metal needs.