Following the release of their 2015 album Grievances, the five-piece extreme-metal outfit from Sheffield, UK are upping the ante with their latest release ‘Rituals.’
Celebrating their thirteenth year as a band, ‘Rituals’ shows that after such a long period, the band is proving their longevity in what can be a niche branch of metal and often times underappreciated.
In a time when new metal releases can often seem like a homage to their predecessors and icons, Rolo Tomassi are an example of the current evolution of metal, maintaining interesting musical concepts and continuing to push the experimental barrier whilst delivering a crushing blow.
Influences within the track range from the hectic riffs linked to Black Metal, to the demonic heaviness that Death Metal provides. ‘Rituals’ is proof that Rolo Tomassi can keep these attributes fresh without the need to sound recycled.
‘Rituals’ continues on from where Grievances left off, an attempt to further refine their already intricate sound.
The introduction to the track sets the mood perfectly, a cryptic and haunting synth melody, and after this, there's no holding back.
The song features a plethora of attributes that grab the listener by the horns, from intense blast beats to a mixture of slow and fast tempo riffs, providing different dynamics throughout the song.
You're then introduced to riffs that veteran followers of the band will be familiar with, whilst fans of their contemporaries such as Converge and Polar can appreciate.
Eva’s vocal performance provides a diverse step forward, from the brutal growls to the mix of clean vocals. This adds to the overall dynamic of the track and continues the evolution and refinement of the band’s sound – with a menacing vocal performance it seems fitting that the lyrical content features philosophical content to go.
‘Rituals’ is a triumphant return for Rolo Tomassi and begins the anticipation of the presumed upcoming album on a high, further reinvigorating metal.
Rolo Tomassi - Rituals
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