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Ritual Killer- Upon the Threshold of Hell - 2005 - Bloated Goat Records

Track Listing
1. Demonic Possession
2. Invoke the Twilight Void
3. Empire of Shit
4. Hordes of a Black Storm
5. Dead River Intervention
6. Scourge of a Satanic Infinity
7. Axis to Mutiny
8. Witch of the Sabbatic Fire
I really hate giving negative reviews. Often Iíll bring up negative the points of an album, but there is usually at least one positive thing to say. This may very well be a first Ė an album that is just utter garbage. An album that I have nothing good to say about. An album that Iíll probably throw in the garbage after I finish writing. Thatís pretty much all there is to say about New Orleansí Ritual Killer and their release, Upon the Threshold of Hell Ė but Iíll go into some more detail anyway. The bandís drummer (Zak Nolan) and guitarist (Sammy Duet) are both former members of Goatwhore, another New Orleans black metal band who I have no great love for. They formed in 1999 but didnít waste their time putting this together until 2004.

Upon the Threshold of Hell was recorded on a 16-track, obviously so the music would have a really ďkvltĒ and ďnekr0Ē feel. Bad production isnít the end of the world if youíve got worthy material to justify it Ė but Ritual Killer doesnít even come close. If the order of the tracks on this album was totally rearranged and no one told me, I wouldnít be able to tell. Everything sounds almost identical. Itís as if someone wrote the most boring guitar riff black metal has ever seen and decided to use it in eight consecutive songs. To add to that, the drumming is barely acceptable (when you can even hear it) and the vocals donít correspond in any way whatsoever to any other part of the music. Theyíre more like random interjections of pain than proper evil shrieks.

At one point, at the end of ďDead River Intervention,Ē there is some annoying satanic chant recited by a few woman with what sound like Irish accents. These girls are the most talented people to appear on the album, seeing as how I consider them neutral and everyone else negative. I canít tell if this is a sound clip taken from somewhere or if the band actually recorded it themselves, but I donít really give a shit either way. Aside from breaking up the monotony of the album, it seems to serve absolutely no purpose other than perpetuating the already overdone and stupid satanic theme of the album. I donít have a problem with Satanism in music at all Ė and in black metal itís often prevalent Ė but it could at least be done somewhat intelligently. I think that Ritual Killer just re-arranged the words in some Dark Funeral and Impaled Nazarene song titles to get theirs because thereís absolutely nothing original there either.

Actually, now that I consider it some more, I think Iím going to have to take back what I said about there not being one positive thing about this CD. Itís only about 26 minutes long! Thankfully I only had to endure that rubbish for such a short amount of time. Donít buy Upon the Threshold of Hell. Donít download it either. Iím going to take it out of my computer with a potholder so I donít contaminate myself any further and then chuck it out the window. Congratulations, youíre getting the lowest rating Iíve ever given and probably ever will give.

1.5/10


--Veritas 08.12.05

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Upon the Threshold of HellRitual Killer
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Veritas8/16/2005


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