KILL RITUAL – Kill Star Black Mark Dead Hand Pierced Heart

KILL RITUAL - Kill Star Black Mark Dead Hand Pierced Heart
  • 7.1/10
    KILL RITUAL - Kill Star Black Mark Dead Hand Pierced Heart - 7.1/10


Label: Massacre Records
Release date: October 28, 2022

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Kill Ritual is releasing their new album Kill Star Black Mark Dead Hand Pierced Heart on Massacre Records. This is their sixth album and it will be available in CD, Limited Edition Vinyl, and digital formats on various platforms such as Spotify.

The Good

Although this album is on the faster and heavier side of the Metal genre, Kill Ritual knocked it out of the park with “I am the Night.” This song is a slow, very theatrical song that sounds like it could have been played during some dark fantasy movie from the ‘80s. In fact, one of the first images that comes to mind was a scene from “The Labyrinth.” This song sounds like something David Bowie would have wrote for that movie in particular. The way the music is much slower and Chalice Blood’s voice mingles with the atmosphere, this song is by far the highlight of the entire record.

Aside from “I am the Night” there are some other good aspects of this album. The music is fast on all other songs and will impress any fan of Metal. The sound quality is every bit of what you would expect from many big name bands on a major label.

What’s Not So Good?

It’s weird to say this, but the vocals on this record were not a good fit for the music. Somewhere between a deeper, almost growl, all the way to high pitched singing. It just doesn’t fit to well with lyrics such as those on “Whore of War.” “Suck her tits and beg for more, who do you think you’re killing for?” don’t really match the voice that is singing them.

Final Thoughts

This album is an okay release overall. Aside from “I am the Night” there a few other songs, such as “7 Knives,” that will get heavy play from metalheads. Not to mention the music is composed very well and sound quality is great, but the vocals throw it off a bit. Understanding that music is subjective, others might disagree, and that’s perfectly fine. Find the new album and tell us what you think.


  1. By the Hand of God
  2. The Whore of War
  3. 7 Knives
  4. I am the Night
  5. The Smell of Death
  6. Can You See Us Now?
  7. Kill Star Black Mark Dead Hand Pierced Heart
  8. Get in Line
  9. The Devil, The Mist, The Flame


Chalice Blood – Lead Vocals
Steven D. Rice – Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals, Bass
David Alusik – Bass
Seamus Gleason – Drums


  • Jon Harvey

    Jon is a reviewer at Metal Express Radio and is currently living in Wisconsin, USA. The first thing that made Jon fall in love with Metal goes all the way back to the glory days of MTV actually playing music. Alice in Chains, "Man in the Box" came on and the channel was automatically banned by family. It sparked a curiosity for the music instead of turning him away from it. Things only progressed from there. Suicidal Tendencies, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, all the heavier stuff from the late '80s and early '90s were always in rotation. Aside from loving all things Metal, Jon also runs a skateshop in his hometown and is trying to get the scene stronger than ever.

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