WHISKEY RITUAL – Black Metal Ultras
- by J.N.
- Posted on 19-07-2019
With a great band name like Whiskey Ritual, it should come as no surprise that these depraved fuckers revel in loud and filthy black/thrash that reeks of hatred and debauchery. Consisting of members of Forgotten Tomb and Hagzissa among others, the outfit started out as a side-project but eventually mutated into a proper band that has released full-length albums somewhat regularly.
The fierce title track kicks things off and pretty much sets the tone for what is to follow. The pummeling riffs and harsh vocals will make you feel lousy and the percussive assault and lethal solo licks are frantically driving the songs forward. The addition of punk rock elements work like a charm and while the catchy main riff to "Knockout" recalls "Static Age"-era Misfits, there is also a cover rendition of Turbonegro’s "Denim Demon" present on the disc. All the clichés are there and these guys are not trying to dress it up or be clever about it, so if lyrics that revolve around violence and hard liquor, sex and drugs, and unholy rock ‘n’ roll appeal to you, then this one is most definitely for you.
If Bestial Mockery, Alfahanne, and Eat My Fuk had a rough threesome to Aura Noir’s "Deep Tracts of Hell", the resulting devil spawn would be this ridiculously over-the-top yet hugely entertaining slab of underground bile. "Black Metal Ultras" is merely 34 minutes long and never really outstays its welcome, and on top of that, it has a sick charm to it. Admittedly, it may not be one of those records that one will listen to often, but if you feel like going ape-shit and trashing your craphole apartment then I reckon this raw-sounding offering by Whiskey Ritual will serve as a pretty good soundtrack to such an activity.