Space God Ritual is a trio from Arkham, Oregon who have been focusing on traditional doom metal since 2011. And it actually doesn't get any more traditional than this. These doomsters have no need for modern day arrangements, elaborate psychedelic passages or grunts. Nope, this is straightforwarded doom rock, coming directly from the darkest realms of the seventies and preparing to blast a scorching hot summer through your speakers.
Of the eight songs on this album, I think 'The Doom Of Sarnath' and 'The Weeping' are my favourites. Somehow you can compare this to Black Sabbath or Candlemass but quite different and somewhat unique. There's darkness in this music but also a warm sense of freedom. The whole breathes a mysterious, almost wicked atmosphere, similar to Electric Wizard. No doubt the distinct vocals add a lot to this weird feeling. These vocals often even remind me of the Virgin Prunes.
So if you're a classic doom fan, hurry up and get your hands on this one. You can't get more vintage and traditional than Space God Ritual. For the record, this album has been released digitally in October 2013 but will see a re-release on vinyl by Kozmik Artifactz & Bilocation records. This label is very right to do so because this album really deserves a vintage, high quality format. Vinyl fans can choose between a black, a red and a red/black marble edition, all stricktly limited.