Origin: Toronto, ON, Canada
Genres: Doom Metal

Blood Ceremony  


On the surface, this Toronto band isn't very hard to describe -- mix an early Black Sabbath base with a bit of Uriah Heep, some Jethro Tull-isms (flutes, what else) and female vocals, and that's Blood Ceremony in a nutshell. Frontwoman Alia O'Brien is frequently the center of attention, as she handles flutes (excellently), vocals (pretty decently) and keyboards (passably if simplistic, though in general keyboards aren't a major instrument here). The album has a cool, retro analog-ish sound courtesy of renowned producer Billy Anderson -- much like Sweden's Witchcraft (a decent soundalike to this band) the goal is not just to work with an early 70's influence, but to try to sound like the early 70's themselves. There are a few bands that have tapped into this style in recent years, and these guys and gal do it as well as anyone. A perfect fit for the Rise Above roster, Blood Ceremony is a fine debut album for the early-70's metal fan.

Current Members

Alia O'Brien

vocals/folk instruments/keyboards

Sean Kennedy

guitars

Lucas Gadke

bass

Michael Carrillo

drums

Former Members/Guests

Chris Landon

bass

Andrew Haust

drums


Discography



Blood Ceremony 
2008
  1. Master Of Confusion
  2. I'm Coming With You
  3. Into The Coven
  4. A Wine Of Wizardry
  5. The Rare Lord
  6. Return To Forever
  7. Hop Toad
  8. Children Of The Future
  9. Hymn To Pan
  • Alia O'Brien
  • Sean Kennedy
  • Chris Landon
  • Andrew Haust

Reviews:   Blabbermouth 



Living With The Ancients 
2011 Rise Above
  1. The Great God Pan
  2. Coven Tree
  3. The Hermit
  4. My Demon Brother
  5. Morning of the Magicians
  6. Oliver Haddo
  7. Night of Augury
  8. The Witch's Dance
  9. Daughter of the Sun
  • Alia O'Brien
  • Sean Kennedy
  • Lucas Gadke
  • Andrew Haust




The Eldritch Dark 
2013 Metal Blade
  1. Witchwood
  2. Goodbye Gemini
  3. Lord Summerisle
  4. Ballad of the Weird Sisters
  5. Eldritch Dark
  6. Drawing Down the Moon
  7. Faunus
  8. The Magician
  • Alia O'Brien
  • Sean Kennedy
  • Lucas Gadke
  • Michael Carrillo


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