Ritual Dictates – a new metal band formed by Justin Hagberg (3 Inches of Blood) and Ash Pearson (Revocation) ready to crush skulls in 2020 – stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Give in to Despair, at heavily trafficked web-portal NoCleanSinging.com. Set for digital release on April 3rd and CD/vinyl release on April 10th via Artoffact Records, hear Ritual Dictates‘ Give in to Despair in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Ritual Dictates are inspired by a wide array of styles and instruments. The music itself has straightforward elements of metal and grind, with detours into anything from black metal to good-time rock ‘n’ roll. Picking up on inspiration from their respective previous bands Allfather and Angel Grinder, ex-3 Inches of Blood members Justin Hagberg and Ash Pearson (drummer of Revocation) are continuing down the heavy metal path while fusing their eclectic influences of black, grind, death metal, and classic rock into interesting new places.
Mixed by Jesse Gander (Bison, Anciients, Japandroids) and mastered by Jason Corbett (ACTORS), the debut album Give in to Despair sees Mr. Hagberg and Mr. Pearson produce a savage onslaught of uncompromising heaviness. Guest musicians include Danko Jones, Shawn Haché (Mitochondrion, Auroch, Night Profound), and Shane Clark (Bison, 3 Inches of Blood)!
In the leadup to its worldwide digital release this Friday, stream Ritual Dictates‘ Give in to Despair in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. Preorder info can be found HERE on Bandcamp. Cover art, courtesy of Rheanna Fancypants, and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Ritual Dictates’ Give in to Despair
1. It’s About Goddamn Time (The Hours Of Folly Part One)
2. Dominance and Will
3. Given to Despair
4. Obsolete Instinct
5. Last Phase of Life
6. Poisonous Proclamation
7. Aperiam in Porta
9. Indivisible Mind
10. What Cannot Be Altered Must Be Endured
11. Terror of Time (The Hours of Folly Part 2)