Kill Ritual
The Serpentine Ritual
Style: Thrash
Release date: 30 October, 2012
Playing time: 60:47

Does the band Imagika ring a bell? Well, this is the new band of Steve Rice (guitars) and drummer Wayne DeVecchi (both ex-Imagika). The line-up was completed with guitarist Roberto Proietti (Eldritch), ex Dark Angel bass player Danyael and a singer with the name Josh Gibson. The last one is a new name for me in the metal scene.

With this experienced line-up the expectations are rather high. For a part they succeed in that, but I'm not satisfied with everything. Josh has a sound, which is very recognizable (read: original), but also one you love or hate. He is not a top singer, but his clean and more aggressive singing style sticks rather well to the songs. The music has similarities with the band Imagika, but is a little more melodic, a combination of US power and thrash, with a progressive touch. The track "Coat of Blood" has a Megadeth kind of riff and rhythm, even the vocals sound a little Mustaine-like. Sometimes the songs are a little too complex or just one minute too long and miss the point because of that. The guitar solos are great, but the riffs a bit too common (read: cliché).

If the album would be full of songs like "The Serpentine Ritual" and the catchiest track "Old School Thrasher" it would be a real hammer. Now it leaves me behind with the idea that it could have been better.


01. The Serpentine Ritual
02. Torn Down
Time to Kill
04. Ambush
05. Old School Thrasher
06. Coat of Blood
07. Cold Hard Floor
08. Law of the Land
09. The Day the World Dies
10. Prisoner of the Flash
11. My Neighborhood

Label: Scarlet Records
Distribution: Scarlet Records
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 31 October, 2012