Album Review: BURIAL CULTURE-‘Ritual’

Though it may not be as well-known or publicized as other genres of extreme music, old school black metal is still going strong. Underground bands like Burial Culture are doing their part to keep the music exactly how it should be: Raw, cold, and gloomy. Their debut album ‘Ritual’ gives off an atmosphere similar to that of early Bathory, and their use of corpse paint, spikes, and weaponry is a feature that is rarely seen among up and coming black metal acts today.

Released independently on December 3, 2018, ‘Ritual’ is a grim, mysterious, and captivating record that will come as a refreshing surprise to fans of early Mayhem or Darkthrone, among others. With songs like ‘Deathriders’ or ‘Desecration,’ they explore a melancholic, slower side to black metal that hasn’t seen the light of day since Burzum hit the Norwegian scene in the 1990s. Formed in the summer of 2018, they hired their drummer days before the first recording session. Though there are plans to gig in the near future, they have yet to set anything in stone.

In conclusion, Burial Culture has a promising future ahead of them. Their ability to put a personalized spin on a form of music that has been done time and time again is refreshing and exciting. Burial Culture’s debut album will put them on the map as another talented, noteworthy band coming out of the Wisconsin area, and I am more than excited to see where their journey takes them next.

Track Listing
1. Intro
2. Deathriders
3. 7 Skulls
4. Mountains of Waste
5. Hell Portal
6. Desecration
7. Storm the Castle

Available now HERE

Current lineup:
Desecrator – Guitars
Hagalaz – Vocals
Brokkr – Drums

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-Zach Schmitt
Edited by Samantha Crocker 

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