S.F. Bay Area based metal band KILL RITUAL will release their new EP “Thy Will Be Done” digitally thru Blood Blast Distribution on October 29th, 2021. The 5 song effort will include the previous released tracks/lyric videos and the bonus track “The Opaque Is Divine” which was originally tracked for the “The Opaque And The Divine” sessions.
Steven Rice comments “Bam here it is! The full EP! We’ve been teasing this for awhile and because of the continued world shit show it took a minute, but damn give it a go and rock like a hurricane! Wait isn’t that an Accept song? HA!“
Kill Ritual released their last CD “The Opaque And The Divine” in March 2020. The band has toured with Raven, Iced Earth, Sanctuary and Hirax in both North America and Europe.
1. Angels In Black
2. Light The Fire (Tonight We Fly)*
3. Thy Will Be Done
4. Obey The Ritual
5. The Opaque Is Divine
Produced by Steven D. Rice. Recorded at Fossil Sound, Sonic Train, Audio Wave and Murder Room Studios. Engineered by Steven D. Rice, Andy La Rocque, Seamus Gleason and John Francis. Mixed and Mastered by Andy La Rocque at Sonic Train Studios.
Kill Ritual is:
Steven D. Rice – Guitars, bass, vocals, keyboards
Chalice – Vocals
Seamus Gleason – Drums
David Alusik – Bass, vocals
*Chris Lotesto – guest solo
The Kill Ritual story begins back in 2010 when former members of Imagika and Eldritch formed Kill Ritual. The band was one that took its traditional Heavy Metal influences and then blended and molded them into a very powerful, modernized machine. The music of Kill Ritual has always been very guitar-oriented, courtesy of axe-slinger and founder Steven D. Rice. He has been the singular, constant presence in the band since its inception. In 2012 Kill Ritual issued their debut album The Serpentine Ritual’ (Scarlet Records) to much critical acclaim and positive acceptance. The band toured the US twice on the release. That was followed by the 2014 effort The Eyes Of Medusa’ (Golden Core/ZYX) which once again garnered the band increased attention, accolades and again was followed with as US tour. The band started work on the follow ‘Karma Machine’, an album produced by Steven and mixed/mastered by the legendary Andy La Rocque (King Diamond). The band once again toured the US and also made their European debut alongside NWOBHM legends Raven. February 2018 they released the bands 4th album, titled ‘All Man Shall Fall’ and started a massive North American tour with Iced Earth and Sanctuary to much success.
After the North American tour, Kill Ritual enlisted new vocalist Brian “Chalice” Betterton (Dirt) who brings a broad, metallic vocal range that is emblematic of the bands classic and current metal style. Screams from hell to classic rock and metal voices all come to light in the band’s fifth album, “The Opaque And The Divine”, released on March 27th, 2020. Because of the global shit show lockdown the band wasn’t able to tour in support of what many considered their best ablum yet. Wasting no time or effort the band hit the studio again to record a new 5 song EP. “Thy Will Be Done” furthers the bands goal of complex involved arrangements with classic hooks, ripping guitars and pure metal vocals.