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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

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  • Vinyl (March 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Candlelight
  • ASIN: B001CQP4LG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert Schaeffer on December 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Blood Ceremony, deliver a beautiful fusion of classic Sabbath Riffs mixed with 70's Jethro Tull inspired tunes, this canadian group's singer is not your typical vocalist, she plays exquisit flute passages and solo's and between her beautiful Vocals she jams the hammond B organ, This is a jewel for fans of Sabbath inspired riffs with searing flute solos and serious Doors influenced Organ playing, The vocals are wonderfully clear and you find yourself singing these cathy tunes, This is for fans that want a change of pace from there typical doom bands with more musicianship and horror and drug and occult type of lyrical content VERY FUN!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Hamilton-Smith on December 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
God bless Rise Above records. Not only have they unleashed the likes of Electric Wizard and Orange Goblin upon the world, they've also become a leading exponent of this retro-rock Movement Without a Name - either reissuing lost psych/doom/prog classics or creating all new ones via bands like Witchcraft, Diagonal and now Blood Ceremony, who are surely the most unapologetic homage so far.

The vocal style, lyrical themes, artwork, instrumental setup.... well, pretty much the whole thing harks back to a time when this sort of thing was new, underground, as heavy as it got, and somewhat dangerous too. It's a good job that these 21st Century exercises in nostalgia are authentic and reverential, undertaken by true fans, or the whole thing could descend into a kitschy waste of wax, but once this album is listened to more intently the clues to its youth become more apparent. For a start, these riffs are as Sleep as they are Sabbath - they are inclined to crawl away from the blues and towards more arcane and ominous atmospheres. The guitar is more up front than, say, Comus or Black Widow, and one gets a sense that the band has honed its ability to be powerful live act by today's standards, not just by yesterday's. All this has informed the delivery of these smart and colourful heavy rock songs, to the point where it feels like the songs themselves want to be heavier than they are.

In fact, that's the only problem with 'Blood Ceremony' - the music WANTS to be more powerful, more distorted, more hammered-home than it is. The keyboard and flute parts are lighter than their 1970 counterparts. It's a pretty minor gripe though, this album is a great listen and a worthy purchase for fans of many overlapping styles, past and present.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By happydogpotatohead VINE VOICE on November 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Blood Ceremony invokes a time when pagan rockers stalked the earth. Fans of Black Widow (of "Come to the Sabbat" fame), Black Sabbath, and early Jethro Tull/Blodwyn Pig will find this just the thing to celebrate dark (or not so dark) rituals by. Heavy guitar alternates with organ and flute as vocalist Alia O'Brien weaves tales of rituals and witchcraft fit for making it Halloween any time of year. Overall, the album has a classic rock feel that can't be faulted. As a side note, I would recommend buying the CD over the MP3 version, because the CD has a better mix and a more powerful presence. And really, this kind of heavy music needs to be played out loud, on big speakers. Excellent debut from these Canadian "witch rock" specialists and well worth having.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By \m/ on February 5, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Blood ceremony manage to create a Black Sabbath esque album without sounding like a direct rip off or wannabe stereotype. The slow riff and melody based songs are structured like Black sabbath songs, but the added twist is the addition of a flute into the mix, and organ parts here are there. This adds a new dimension and a sense of folk and charm to the music which gives it a unique sound. The foundation is strong, solid, melodic, chugging riffs, without flashy drumming, sticking to the groove. A Jethro Tull like flute offers the soloing duties, and a cool casual laid back vocal style complements the music perfectly. It's like the revival of black sabbath in a new form, the phoenix rises again. Its good to listen to classic old school metal that still sounds fresh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Obadiah Crowley on February 25, 2013
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Occult old school rock with early metal guitar riffage (which will put them up on the stoner rock pedestal) and a spooky yet beautiful female on keys/vox/flute. A wonderful experience live even more so than this record. The cover art for this record is pretty badass... reminds me of early 20th century pulp scifi and fantasy stories. Best tracks are I'm Coming With You, Return To Forever, and the final two (which makes it end powerfully) Children Of The Future, and Hymn To Pan. Farout, man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Dan Peck on July 25, 2012
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It is impossible for me to describe this band without saying Black Sabbath meets Jethro Tull with a female vocalist. It is really listenable, the riffs are solid and slightly spooky ala the first Black Sabbath album, the flute is very expressive and really sounds a lot like Ian Anderson, and the vocals are sweetly sung by a female voice which sounds powerful but pretty and never harsh. The lyrics are extremely witchy which really makes sense given their band name. But the witchy pagan stuff never seems lame, the lyrics never bother me. The whole album kind of has a 70s throwback vibe which i really dig. All in all this is a great album, I always play it for friends and they agree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 8, 2012
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Canadian heavy/doom metal band Blood Ceremony made their debut in 2008 with this sublime self-titled effort. With a totally unique sound that's part Black Sabbath, part Jethro Tull, and a dash of Coven, Uriah Heep and Antonius Rex, Blood Ceremony plays a vintage-sounding brand of metal with emphasis on heavy, doomy riffs, occult themes and a retro organ sound.

Vocalist/organist/flautist Alia O'Brien is the perfect counterpart to the heavy, grooving guitar riffs Sean Kennedy lays down. Her deep, haunting voice, combined with Tull-like flute work and organ sections worthy of early Uriah Heep, serves as an instant time capsule, taking you back to Black Sabbath's earliest days and the era of heavy psychedelic rock. Aside from the brief instrumental "A Wine of Wizardry," (and even that is good), there isn't a weak moment on Blood Ceremony, but "Into the Coven," "Master of Confusion" and the closing "Hymn to Pan" stand out in particular as highlights.

This is an amazing debut album from a band that should go far. If old school (heavy) metal and doom metal - whether that's classic stuff like the bands listed above or newer bands like Ghost, Witchcraft or The Devil's Blood - is your thing, Blood Ceremony is a must-have album. And their 2011 follow-up Living With the Ancients is even better!
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