Inspired by a wide array of styles and instruments, Ritual Dictates has straightforward elements of metal and grind, with insane detours into everything from black metal to good time rock and roll. Picking up on inspiration from their respective previous bands Allfather and Angel Grinder, ex-3 Inches of Blood members Justin Hagberg and Ash Pearson (Revocation) are continuing down the heavy metal path while fusing their eclectic influences of black, grind, death metal and classic rock into exciting new territories.
Mixed by Jesse Gander (Bison, Anciients, Japandroids) and mastered by Jason Corbett (ACTORS), the debut album Give in to Despair sees Mr. Hagberg and Mr. Pearson produce a savage onslaught of uncompromising heaviness.
Guest musicians include Danko Jones, Shawn Haché (Mitochondrion, Auroch, Night Profound), and Shane Clark (Bison, 3 Inches of Blood)!
released April 3, 2020
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Can't find words to describe how good this album is. Wouldn't call it stoner rock myself, too upbeat and they don't have one 60 minute song about weed. On early listens it has the familiarity of some classic bands: the vocals of AC/DC, some thrashy breakdowns like Metallica, the organ is a great addition giving it that classic rock sound of bands like uriah heep or deep purple. To see such a young band play with such assuredness & skill to make an album this good it's surely a rock classic. Doomshire