Roughly 10 months after NOW wrote extensively on the impending release of their debut record, local doom set Blood Ceremony finally deliver. Was it worth the wait? Most definitely.
Sean Kennedy wisely recalled his project just before it was unleashed once the opportunity to have the lethal mastering hands of Billy Anderson (Melvins, Sleep) became possible. The album benefited tremendously, and as a result BC will make much louder impressions.
Subjects range from wizards and witches to "Quaalude eyes," so it's amazing the record never feels camp. On the contrary, every song seems sincerely committed to its bizarre aesthetic. Plus, Kennedy has guitar riffs to make any Sabbath-head drool (or Coven-head, for those more studiously into 70s occult rock). But Ceremony's secret spell is flute-wielding vocalist Alia O'Brien, who sings forebodingly in between wicked fills. Doom on.