Blood Ceremony: the Eldritch Dark (2013)

This is the Canadian band’s third album and, I think, their best.

Fusing seventies hard rock with some progressive flourishes – like a mixture of Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Curved Air and a dash of Fairport Convention, not to mention the overt paganism of the lyrics – the band have produced a barnstorming CD well worthy of your cash.

If you adore the sound of Les Paul’s, Hammond Organs, rumbling bass and clever, sympathetic drumming + great melodies, far out flute and a taste for the exotic, this album will fill your boots.

It sounds like it was made in the seventies and it looks like it was made it in the seventies and I love it.

Stand out tracks are Goodbye Gemini (wonderfully melodic) and the plaintive Lord Summerisle, which I presume is an homage to the Wicker Man. Drawing Down the Moon and The Magician are also pretty fab.

A great album indeed and definitely one to have in your collection.


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