Los Angeles death shred Bloodfest Ritual have unleashed their debut EP "Altars of Sacrifice", out now, officially as of July 24th. A five-track introduction ranging from technical death metal to melodic shred, the release's lyrical content shares the trio's love for 80’s horror movies, HP Lovecraft, and general blasphemy.
“This EP is a love letter to Death Metal. Old School, Modern, Technical and Brutal; we love all of the aspects of death metal as a genre, and we wanted to show that with this EP. We tried to display our influences by dramatically changing the vibe of each song.” says the band.
Heavy, fast, and brutal, the EP's opener "Grave Fodder" resurrects the dead with its shred, guttural vocals and slamming assault of 90's influenced S wedish death metal. Followed by "Eternally Molested By The One Most Foul", where listeners can expect a guitar nerd's wet dream as guitarists Michael Bala and Hunter Gurney showcase the rippage with four excitable solos. "No More Room In Hell" is a salute to 'Dawn of The Dead' and hits fans of old school Carcass and Cannibal Corpse with its brutal slam section, while "Chopped Up and Burned" is a tribute to 'The Evil Dead' and has many hints of early 90's death metal. EP closer "Fetid Offering", was the first song written by guitarist Hunter Gurney for the band and is about the video game Bloodborne. The track erodes what neck muscles you have left from headbanging with its blunt force trauma of The Black Dahlia Murder meets Necrophagist.
Bloodfeast Ritual’s debut EP “Altars of Sacrifice” is available on Bandcamp , Apple Music , Spotify , and Amazon .
Lyric Video - Chopped Up And Burned - YouTube
Lyric Video - Eternally Molested By The One Most Foul - YouTube
1. Grave Fodder (4:27)
2. Eternally Molested By The One Most Foul (4:46)
3. No More Room In Hell (4:40)
4. Chopped Up And Burned (3:39)
5. Fetid Offering (3:21)
EP Length: 20:56
Formed in the barren lands of Los Angeles when guitarist Hunter Gurney found fellow guitarist Michael Bala shredding at a Guitar Center in Hollywood, CA. With the shock and awe of each other’s talent, a friendship was quickly formed, and soon after the two mad lads began jamming, jellying, and collaborating in all senses of the phrase.
Between the two of them, there was a strong, electrical creative energy that compelled the pair to both write songs. The young shredders were very inspired by HP Lovecraft, 80s horror, and older style death metal. Hunter added his own flavor to Michael’s existing songs, and Michael helped Hunter expand his own songwriting abilities. The pair worked very quickly, and composed a handful of crunchy tunes; soon after, it was time to find other members to join their cult for brutality.
Through a mutual friend, the duo met growler David Ainsworth. Michael and Hunter were taken aback at David’s ability to perform metal vocals in a wide variety of styles, and suddenly the wolf pack became a terrifying trio of tremendous heavy metal titans. The Mississippi Mutant aka David became close with Michael and Hunter and joined them on their quest for death metal domination.
After a few solid months in the practice room, the trio decided it was time to hit the studio. Five songs for annihilation were chosen to be recorded and were executed with surgical precision, under the watchful eye of Charlie Waymire from Ultimate Studios. Michael and Hunter shared bass duties on the recording, and vocalist David injected his vocal venom from with lyrics of demons and eldritch horrors. Showcasing a range from technical death metal to melodic shred, the trio’s sonic devastation “Altars of Sacrifice” (EP) was completed and set to assault the masses on July 24th, 2020.
2020 is proving to be a big year for Bloodfeast Ritual. The band is beginning their journey, and they appreciate each and everyone that has encouraged them, either in the form of inspiration or those that have taken the time to pass on a kind word. Especially during the current age of Covid.