So, local doomsters Blood Ceremony are having their third CD release party TONIGHT!!!! at the Horseshoe. I’ve been listening to and watching this band for a long time–let’s just say I have fond memories of their first two CD release parties. With their 70′s throwback vintage prog colliding with flute-heavy doom, they pretty much had me at the first note.
Of course, if this band was actually around back in the 70′s, the label would probably be pressuring to put out a greatest-hits album by now. Not sure who buys greatest-hits albums anyways, but if I had my say… these are the songs that would be on it.
10. Goodbye Gemini
9. My Demon Brother
8. Hymn to Pan
7. Oliver Haddo
5. Into the Coven
4. Master of Confusion
3. The Great God Pan
2. Children of the Future
1. Return to Forever
Dun-dun-dun-dah-DUN-da-dun-da-DUN-da-dun-dun-do-do-do… No, I’m not singing some Sting song, man, that riff pattern is forever etched into my brain! Though they might not have been the first band to use it, and I’ve come across a few more since–I know that riff when I hear it–that doesn’t make it any less impactful. While it’s almost caveman-like in its simplicity, “Return to Forever” is the point of any Blood Ceremony set where I start headbanging furiously.
That being said, the main riff is seemingly so simplistic that I haven’t heard Sean play it straight up for years; he’s always adding some additional flourishes, much to my chagrin. I actually had to go back a few years to find a live vid where it’s performed as originally written… 2006, to be precise:
And yes, I was actually at that gig. Twas a memorable evening that I would recall with fondness a few years later. If you don’t see me on camera, it’s cuz I was sitting at the bar with my jaw nailed to the floor. Long story short (click the link if you wanna read more), I came to see a headlining band that never made it across the border and discovered Blood Ceremony entirely by accident. And sure, they’ve refined their look, their sound and their rhythm section since then, but man, even in its rawest form… it still gets me, every freakin’ time.