Origin: Toronto, Ontario, Canada  
Genres: Doom Metal
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Page online: May 17, 2010
Last update/review: March 31, 2016

Blood Ceremony

On the surface, this Toronto band isn't very hard to describe -- mix an early Black Sabbath base with a bit of Uriah Heep, 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 (capably if simplistic, in general keyboards aren't a major instrument here). They've got a cool, retro analog-ish sound -- much like Sweden's Witchcraft (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 Rise Above roster, Blood Ceremony is a solid bet for the early-70's metal fan.

Current Members

Alia O'Brien

vocals/folk instruments/keyboards

Sean Kennedy

guitars

Lucas Gadke

bass

Michael Carrillo

drums

Former Members/Guests

Chris Landon

bass

Andrew Haust

drums



Discography


Blood Ceremony  
2008
  1. Master Of Confusion
  2. I'm Coming With You
  3. Into The Coven
  4. A Wine Of Wizardry
  5. The Rare Lord
  6. Return To Forever
  7. Hop Toad
  8. Children Of The Future
  9. Hymn To Pan
  • Alia O'Brien
  • Sean Kennedy
  • Chris Landon
  • Andrew Haust



Living With The Ancients  
2011 Rise Above
  1. The Great God Pan
  2. Coven Tree
  3. The Hermit
  4. My Demon Brother
  5. Morning of the Magicians
  6. Oliver Haddo
  7. Night of Augury
  8. The Witch's Dance
  9. Daughter of the Sun
  • Alia O'Brien
  • Sean Kennedy
  • Lucas Gadke
  • Andrew Haust



The Eldritch Dark  
2013 Metal Blade
  1. Witchwood
  2. Goodbye Gemini
  3. Lord Summerisle
  4. Ballad of the Weird Sisters
  5. Eldritch Dark
  6. Drawing Down the Moon
  7. Faunus
  8. The Magician
  • Alia O'Brien
  • Sean Kennedy
  • Lucas Gadke
  • Michael Carrillo



Lords Of Misrule  
2016 Rise Above
  1. The Devil's Widow
  2. Loreley
  3. The Rogue's Lot
  4. Lord of Misrule
  5. Half Moon Street
  6. The Weird of Finistere
  7. Flower Phantoms
  8. Old Fires
  9. Things Present, Things Past
  • Alia O'Brien
  • Sean Kennedy
  • Lucas Gadke
  • Michael Carrillo
2016 Readers' Album #50





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