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the Barnhart Blog - Blood Ceremony

Joel Barnhart
April 04, 2011

Being only 22, there are a lot of bands that I absolutely love that I feel I missed out on, as they'd ceased to be well before I was born. I'll never get to see Rainbow live. Or Iron Butterfly, or Black Sabbath or Jefferson Airplane. Uriah Heap and Jethro Tull are still touring, so I might get to see them at some point, but still.

The reason I bring this up, is because it seems that gone are the days of organ and flute solos showing up in hard rock or metal songs, and I find this tragic. Which is why I'm so glad that I stumbled upon the band Blood Ceremony, from Toronto, completely by accident, at 5 in the morning the day after my article was due.

These guys make me feel like I've been transported back to my father's era of music. They are easily the heir apparent to the aforementioned bands. They feature wailing guitar and flute solos, the organ, 70's pro riffing, and lyrics about witchcraft and the occult. Singer Alia O'brien's vocals are pleasingly reminiscent of Grace Slick. I don't... really know what else to say. This band is f**king awesome.

They've recently finished recording their second album, Living With The Ancients, that was released on Rise Above Records, and Metal Blade earlier this month. You can also find it on iTunes and Amazon. They're doing a European tour, but they have a show coming up on April 2nd in Toronto. If you're interested, and happen to be in the area, you can see them at The Garrison. Regrettably, I won't be able to catch that show myself, but they're playing Revival in Toronto on August 27th, and you can bet your ass I'll be catching that show.

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