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The Eldritch Dark by Blood Ceremony
Released: May 2013
Label: Metal Blade Records +
On the third time around, Toronto's monarchs of Wicker Man metal truly are living in the past, as their woodwinds-of-the-wood role models Jethro Tull would say. Just eight songs in 41 minutes -- very 1969! Alia O'Brien's ritual incantations, flute and organ really take center stage, too, and a new drummer ups the 16th notes. Longest cuts open and close, but there's plenty in the middle: zodiac killing in "Goodbye Gemini," demonic dancing in "Lord Summerisle," ancient forest folk in the intriguingly named "Ballad of the Weird Sisters." But is the album title a Sisters of Mercy nod, or not?
Chuck Eddy
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