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Los Angeles stoner rock trio Formation Ritual stream their sophomore album »Doors To The Dead«, available now on cassette and digital

Los Angeles, California based stoner rock trio Formation Ritual stream their sophomore album, »Doors To The Dead«, which was just released on September 14th, 2023.

Listen to »Doors To The Dead« on all streaming platforms!

01. Waning Light
02. Sun Chariot Intro
03. Sun Chariot
04. Bog Bodies
05. Son Of The Eastern Plains
06. Cuneiform
07. Copper Axe
08. Dawn Goddess

Formation Ritual comments: “»Doors To The Dead«, our second album, is finally out! This record is a journey through prehistoric mountains, swamps and steppe grasslands. It tells of long forgotten chieftains in kurgan burial mounds, human sacrifices cast into bogs, and cosmic cataclysms. At its core, the album is a retelling of the ancient story of the cycle of destruction and renewal.

We had a lot of fun writing and recording this one and we hope you enjoy the journey listening to it. It’s streaming on all platforms (and YouTube).

We have a limited run of 50 yellow color variant cassettes available on our Bandcamp merch page and we also have CDs available via this link!” 

Get »Doors To The Dead« here:

Photo by Adam Stanzak

Formation Ritual was created by guitarist and vocalist Jason Tapia as a conduit to breathe new life into a collection of previously-unreleased songs. Quickly growing from a concept, the project gained momentum when Jason called on old friends Jose Perez (Bad Acid Trip) and Joe Mora (House Of Broken Promises) to record the material. The band self-released »The Shifting Dust« in 2022, which reached #12 on the July Doom Charts that year.

Taking cues from heavy and psychedelic influences from across the decades, including Sabbath, Deep Purple, Soundgarden and All Them Witches, the band’s mix of fuzzed-out guitar, melodic vocals and occasional use of overdriven organ and analog synths distinguishes them in the heavy scene. With lyrics touching on unsettling folklore, prehistoric cultures, strange dreams and dead languages, Formation Ritual transports listeners to other worlds.

Building on the success of »The Shifting Dust«, Jason brought in drummer Kelly McGovern and bassist Rob Black for Formation Ritual’s second album, »Doors To The Dead«, released September 2023.

Produced by Formation Ritual.
Recorded & mixed by Rob Black at Light Black Productions.
Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering.
Album artwork & design by Mirkow Gastow.

Formation Ritual is:
Jason Tapia – Vocals, guitar, synth
Rob Black – Bass
Kelly McGovern – Drums

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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