|Review: Casket Robbery - Rituals of Death|
|Rituals of Death|
Label: Blood Blast Distribution
Year released: 2022
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: December 9, 2022
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Rituals of Death
Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)
Cool band name: check. Cool album name: check. Despite that, I was going to skip this one (there's only so much I can process), but after reading Mjolnir's comments about the band in his review of Metal Devastation Festival, I got curious and decided to give the album a listen. I'm glad I did. Their brand of death metal is more modern than what I usually like. In fact, some of the elements here would normally annoy me. But Casket Robbery's material and delivery make this anywhere from tolerable to downright fucking cool. This stuff is very crisp and incisive, kind of groovy at times and surprisingly catchy yet without taking anything away from the aggressiveness, which the band cranks up to 11 (and then some). The vocal style I would usually find to be a turn-off, but it fits the music like a glove and is ear-piercing at times. When they're not destroying everything in their path, they turn toward a creepier, kind of horror-like sound that almost gives me the chills. The album is on the short side, but Casket Robbery packed quite a bit of diversity in it, revealing a little more with every listen. If more modern death metal is usually a "no" for you but you're open to trying something new, Rituals of Death might just be what you've been looking for.
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