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Living With The Ancients

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The Great God Pan
Coven Tree
The Hermit
My Demon Brother
Morning of the Magicians
Oliver Haddo
Night of Augury
The Witchs Dance
Daughter of the Sun
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Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 51:44

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channeling the 70's greats


FFO: Goatsnake, Weedeater. Abdullah, Witch, Earthride...with a touch of polish. The medium paced 70s vibe. Especially when they whip out the flute. So we get softer melodies on some tunes. Not quite as gritty as some of the mentioned bands due to some sweet production. Female vox and organs help make this lp stand out. But i stand by all my FFOs for when they turn it up a notch. Thick, laborious riffs travel up the mountain of metal ready and fit to carry the burden of Sabbath, St Vitus, etc. The continue a great tradition. This rock is evil and ready for the crowds to bang their heads in slow unison.

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Canadian retro-rock quartet Blood Ceremony plod the same groove worn deep by Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, and other blues-rockers in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Their debut CD was a pretty decent effort, except for the vocalist, who was flat and tuneless. She’s gotten better on this one, and her flute playing has improved, too; she multi-tracks herself on “Coven Tree” to excellent effect, sounding almost Ian Anderson-ish as the band cranks up the ultra-analog blooze/proto-metal riffage behind her. This record’s sound is impeccable; it really could have been recorded in 1971. They even get the boxy drum sound right, something modern retro-rockers never manage. The lyrics are satanic hokum, calls to the Black Mass and whatnot, much like the similar Sabbath Assembly project, which set hymns written by post-hippie cult the Process Church of the Final Judgment to acid rock riffs. Living with the Ancients will absolutely appeal to fans of early-’70s proto-metal, but Electric Wizard fans should check it out, too; the band’s songs have a similar incantatory power. – Phil Freeman

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