Label: InsideOut Music
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The best way to descibe Ritual is a combination of old school prog ala Yes, Jethro Tull, and Gentle Giant adding some hard rock ala Queen and Led Zepplin combined with some modern Swedish sounds of The Flower Kings, Anglagard, and even Kaipa (of which Patrick sang on the last two studio releases from IOM). Ritual mixes prog and rock together in such a fashion that itís hard to tell which era theyíre from. Meaning they have the 70's feeling throughout the disc but with a modern production. Almost as if they were around in the 70's and didnít start recording until now. My favorites off this disc are opener,"Wingspread", "Typhoons Decide" and "Big Black Secret", which could be Ritualís signature sound and itís a modern days symphonic masterpiece that includes some great heavy guitar riffs at the finale.
This debut, in my opinion is their best so far, although I have yet to hear their second CD. It contains a well centered mix.of prog, folk, hard rock, and medieval sounds. This is truly a classic release that should get to more audiences now that theyíre on InsideOut Music. This IS very recommended release that needs to be in every fan's collection.
Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on January 13th, 2004
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