Ritual Suicide is a band that I’ve heard a lot about, but never truly seen perform. When they asked me to review their album, I was a bit hesitant, as I didn’t know what to expect going into it. What I got was a kind of Metalcore Cannibal Corpse.
I think the album had the potential to be strong, but was held back by a few obstacles.
The main complaint that I have with the album is the recording quality. It sounds slightly muffled compared to many recordings that bands are releasing, although that could easily be solved with a re-mixing of the album.
Beyond the overall recording quality, the only other complaints I have would be that some of the riffs get repetitive and the vocals are a bit muddy as far as understanding death metal vocals goes.
The album rings a slight resonance with me as sounding similar to “The Wretched Spawn” album by Cannibal Corpse, without the intricate riffs.
If I could offer once piece of advice for the guys in Ritual Suicide, it would be to just focus more on utilizing their guitarists to come up with a sound all their own, while keeping their influences engrained in their music.
I by no means hated the album, and would definitely go to a Ritual Suicide show based on what I’ve heard. The album is a solid release with a few flaws that could easily be fixed with re-mixing. If the guitarists pushed themselves to write more intricate parts I could see their next album being quite exceptional in the hands of the right recording studio.