DEATHLESS LEGACY – Rituals Of Black Magic

DEATHLESS LEGACY - Rituals Of Black Magic
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    DEATHLESS LEGACY - Rituals Of Black Magic - 7/10


Scarlet Records
Release date: January 19, 2018

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Horror and Heavy Metal, the chocolate and peanut butter of the musical world. Two great tastes that can taste great together or become a sticky, cloying mess if either is laid on with too much abundance. Fortunately, Deathless Legacy find a pleasing mix with their fourth release Rituals Of Black Magic. Horror Metal incorporates a wide range of styles and sounds, but the general approach is either a campy, tongue-in-cheek level of macabre or a grim, “we’re totally serious” attitude meant to convince the audience they’re listening to actual murderers and emissaries of evil. Deathless Legacy, with their OTT costumes, song titles, and stage personas have spent much of their career in the former category, but on Rituals, their first concept album, they manage to inject another level of menace. Ominous arrangements, Addams family-esque keyboards and exchanges of clean and extreme female vocals punctuated by slick guitar runs and a solid rhythm section make Rituals an intoxicating cauldron of fright.

They are at their best when the keyboards are thick and atmospheric, soaring over the top or twinkling underneath an all-out assault from the rest of the band, such as on the title cut, “Bloodbath”, and “Ars Goetia”. They’re less convincing on tunes where there is less of a musical counterpoint; it’s like moving from an early Roger Corman film to one by Mario Bava; where a lush, spooky atmosphere permeates but you can still occasionally see the zipper running down the monster’s back. Most Horror—and Metal—fans won’t mind, because there’s plenty of good thrills in the material. They close the show strong with “Dominus Inferi”, a climbing, epic track worthy of serving as the album’s end credits.



  • Daniel Waters

    Daniel was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind wasn’t the first Metal album he owned, but it was the one that lifted the lid off his soul when he received the record as a gift on his 15th birthday. He's been a Metal fan ever since. He's probably best known as the author of various Young Adult novels such as the Generation Dead series and the ghost story Break My Heart 1,000 Times, now also a major motion picture entitled I Still See You, starring Bella Thorne. Writing and music, especially Heavy Metal music, has always been inextricably linked in his mind and career. His first paid gig doing any type of writing was for Cemetery Dance, where he wrote a horror-themed music column called Dead Beats, and when he was writing the first Generation Dead novel he had a ritual where he started his writing day with a Metal playlist that kicked off with “Crushing Belial” by Shadows Fall.

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