On the surface, this Toronto band isn't very hard to describe --
mix an early
base with a bit of
some Jethro Tull-isms (flutes, what else) and female vocals,
and that's Blood Ceremony in a nutshell.
Frontwoman Alia O'Brien is frequently the center of attention, as
she handles flutes (excellently), vocals (pretty decently) and keyboards
(passably if simplistic, though in general keyboards aren't a major
The album has a cool, retro analog-ish sound courtesy of renowned
producer Billy Anderson -- much like Sweden's
(a decent soundalike to this band)
the goal is not just to work with an early 70's influence, but to try to
sound like the early 70's themselves.
There are a few bands that have tapped into this style in recent years,
and these guys and gal do it as well as anyone.
A perfect fit for the
is a fine debut album for the early-70's metal fan.
- Master Of Confusion
- I'm Coming With You
- Into The Coven
- A Wine Of Wizardry
- The Rare Lord
- Return To Forever
- Hop Toad
- Children Of The Future
- Hymn To Pan
- Alia O'Brien
- Sean Kennedy
- Chris Landon
- Andrew Haust