Ritual Dictates: With the funky bass line and anthemic vocals.

Ritual Dictates Burn The Widow

For some persons dictate rituals and that must be exhausting??! The band Ritual Dictates isn`t exhausted at all and burn to showcase their new single Burn The Widow. Ritual Dictates is back! Their sophomore album, No Great Loss, will be released on October 7th via Artoffact Records and with it, a dramatic shift in their sound.

Ritual Dictates is a band from Vancouver BC.

Inspired by a wide array of styles and instruments, the music itself has straightforward elements of metal and grind, with detours into anything from half time black metal to good time rock and roll.

Picking up on inspiration from their respective previous bands Allfather and Angel Grinder, Justin and Ash are continuing down the heavy metal path while fusing their eclectic influences of classic rock and roll, punk, black metal and grind into interesting new places.

 Justin Hagberg elaborates on the release: «These unsettling and depressing times contributed to the change in Ritual Dictates’ sound. That, and working full time graveyard shifts in a crematorium during a global pandemic».

«And through it all I listened to an abundance of music, drunk what seemed to be bottomless wine, and wrote No Great Loss».

In addition to the album announcement, Ritual Dictates is also revealing the first taste of their new musical adventure, single and lyric video Burn The Widow.

Further commenting, Hagberg adds of the track: «No Great Loss opens with Burn the Widow. It feels appropriate to premiere this song first, mainly because it captures much of the vast musical influences heard throughout the album».

 It’s also the shortest song on this record, which makes it less tedious for someone who can’t bear more than 3:52 of our music.”

When Ritual Dictates members Justin Hagberg and Ash Pearson decided to join forces on this project, they brought with them all of the aggressive death/thrash that defined their previous work in 3 Inches Of Blood and Revocation, while throwing any and all convention out of the window. Their debut album, Give In To Despair, brought together black metal hallmarks like speedy tremolos and icy interludes, plus punk moments and good time rock ‘n’ roll with catchy and fun keyboard accents.

 A more gothic endeavor than their previous album, this super group of seasoned musicians brings together past and future in a seamless fashion. No Great Loss kicks off with the funky bass line and anthemic vocals of Burn The Widow. My Solitude shifts into a soulful swaying rhythm while Goth And Exhausted carries us to the depths of velvet curtains and smoky nightclubs. The album wraps with Succumbing To The Ravages Of Age with mournful and dulcet chords and lyrics that anyone growing in life can identify with.

 Ritual Dictates is a surprising act that offers no limit to their sound exploration. Not content to rest on their laurels, the work of Hagberg and Pearson shows remarkable risk and adventure. Due out October 7th, No Great Loss isn’t merely a musical endeavor, but an artistic expression that shows artists truly cannot be defined and even the heaviest artist can cultivate a poetic aesthetic.

No Great Loss Tracklist:

Burn the Widow

My Solitude

Goth and Exhausted

Aqua Tofana

Autumn Song

Succumbing to the Ravages of Age


Justin Hagberg – Vocals & Guitar

Ash Pearson – Drums


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Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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