RITUAL DICTATES has revealed a new video for “Succumbing to The Ravages of Age”, taken from their recently released album, No Great Loss. The video embraces a vintage cinematograpy approach that is both timeless and relateable. No Great Loss is an adventure for the duo, exploring darker, more gloomy atmospheres as they stretch their musical endeavors into new territory. Copies are available HERE.
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/lAeF9Gj5xrk
Vocalist and guitarist Justin Hagberg elaborates on the track: “Lyrically, “Succumbing to The Ravages of Age” is a song I feel we can all relate to, one way or another. We’ve all unfortunately watched pets, family, and friends struggle and/or perish from the complications of age. It’s not guaranteed we even make it to old age, but we all play the hand we’re dealt.”
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.
No Great Loss Tracklist:
- Burn the Widow
- My Solitude
- Goth and Exhausted
- Aqua Tofana
- Autumn Song
- Succumbing to the Ravages of Age