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Ritual Dictates (3 Inches Of Blood, Revocation) announces sophomore album »No Great Loss« and premieres gloomy new single »Burn The Widow«

Canadian metal duo Ritual Dictates featuring Justin Hagberg (Dead Quiet, Black Wizard, ex-3 Inches Of Blood) and Ash Pearson (Revocation, Zimmers Hole, ex-3 Inches Of Blood) has announced their sophomore album, »No Great Loss«, which will be released on October 7th, 2022 via Artoffact Records.

Watch a lyric video for the first single »Burn The Widow«!

01. Burn The Widow
02. My Solitude
03. Goth And Exhausted
04. Aqua Tofana
05. Autumn Song
06. Succumbing To The Ravages Of Age

Courtesy of C Squared Music:

Ritual Dictates is back! Their sophomore album, »No Great Loss«, will be released on October 7th via Artoffact Records and with it, a dramatic shift in their sound.

Justin Hagberg elaborates on the release: “These unsettling and depressing times contributed to the change in Ritual Dictates’ sound. That, and working full time graveyard shifts in a crematorium during a global pandemic.

And through it all I listened to an abundance of music, drunk what seemed to be bottomless wine, and wrote »No Great Loss«.”

In addition to the album announcement, Ritual Dictates, is also revealing the first taste of their new musical adventure, single and lyric video »Burn The Widow« – premiering on Metal Injection.

Further commenting, Hagberg adds of the track: “»No Great Loss« opens with »Burn The Widow«. It feels appropriate to premiere this song first, mainly because it captures much of the vast musical influences heard throughout the album.

It’s also the shortest song on this record, which makes it less tedious for someone who can’t bear more than 3:52 of our music.”

When Ritual Dictates members Justin Hagberg and Ash Pearson decided to join forces on this project, they brought with them all of the aggressive death/thrash that defined their previous work in 3 Inches Of Blood and Revocation, while throwing any and all convention out of the window. Their debut album, »Give In To Despair«, brought together black metal hallmarks like speedy tremolos and icy interludes, plus punk moments and good time rock ‘n’ roll with catchy and fun keyboard accents.

A more gothic endeavour than their previous album, this supergroup of seasoned musicians brings together past and future in a seamless fashion. »No Great Loss« kicks off with the funky bass line and anthemic vocals of »Burn The Widow«. »My Solitude« shifts into a soulful swaying rhythm while »Goth And Exhausted« carries us to the depths of velvet curtains and smoky nightclubs. The album wraps with »Succumbing To The Ravages Of Age« with mournful and dulcet chords and lyrics that anyone growing in life can identify with.

Ritual Dictates is a surprising act that offers no limit to their sound exploration. Not content to rest on their laurels, the work of Hagberg and Pearson shows remarkable risk and adventure. Due out October 7th, »No Great Loss« isn’t merely a musical endeavour, but an artistic expression that shows artists truly cannot be defined and even the heaviest artist can cultivate a poetic aesthetic.

Ritual Dictates is:
Justin Hagberg – Vocals & Guitar
Ash Pearson – Drums

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

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