Blood Ceremony´s distinct style of flute-tinged witch rock evolves from an infernal marriage of occult-inspired acid folk and vintage hard-rock riffing. After a mind-numbing study of hundreds of trashy witchcraft films, the group began to pour their energies into crafting songs, transforming their fascination for horror into a profane musical vision.
Their sound bears witness to the heavy bands of yesteryear, fusing progressive rock elements with folk and an early ’70s downer vibe. Invoking the mischievous Pipes of Pan, Blood Ceremony songs are distinguished by singer Alia O’Brien’s flute solos – accenting an instrument long-associated with a list of devilish figures.
After releasing their self titled debut album and “Living With Ancients” they toured with the likes of Electric Wizard and Ghost.
2013 saw the release of their most accomplished work to date: “The Eldritch Dark”
Recorded and mixed by producer extraordinaire Ian Blurton (CAULDRON, CURSED) and mastered by Canadian recording legend Nick Blagona (DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW, CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN), THE ELDRITCH DARK is a full-length paean to the darker corners of folklore and legend. Containing eight tracks of black magic rock ‘n’ roll, the album crackles with the excitement of a nocturnal ritual.
Tales of witch-cult gatherings in wooded glens, pacts made in torch-lit abbeys and Victorian magic are accompanied by vintage-style hard rock riffs, snaking bass lines and killer flute melodies. THE ELDRITCH DARK also sees the band exploring a folksier side of their sound; most evident in the hymn-like “Lord Summerisle” and the murderous folk-rock epic, “Ballad Of The Weird Sisters”. Nineteenth-century sorcerer Oliver Haddo makes a return appearance in the riff-hypnotic album closer “The Magician”.
Burning up in fine style, Sweden’s Spiders mines a hard late “˜60s tough rock sound with a touch of proto-metal and a somewhat sinister motif to re-ignite the Scando garage scene once more.
Spiders was formed in Gothenburg in February 2010. A few months later the band appeared at one of Sweden’s most successful music festivals, Way Out West. It was around this time Spiders for the first time as a band stepped into the studio with producer Don Ahlsterberg (The Soundtrack of Our Lives, International Noise Conspiracy) and started recording. Since then they released Vinyl on Kemado Records, Crusher Records and De:Nihil Records and completed tours with Kvelertak and Graveyard.
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