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Living With The Ancients [Import]

Blood CeremonyVinyl
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (May 31, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B004J3AO2I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 Witchs Dance
9. Daughter of the Sun

Editorial Reviews

Limited double vinyl LP pressing. 2011 album from the Hard Rockers. Blood Ceremony, an infernal marriage of Sabbath riffing and the manic piping of Jethro Tull, play a distinctive style of flute-tinged Witch Rock. Their sound bears witness to the heavy bands of yesteryear, fusing Progressive Rock elements with Folk and an early '70s downer vibe. Invoking the mischievous Pipes of Pan, Blood Ceremony songs are distinguished by singer Alia O'Brien's energetic flute solos - accenting an instrument long-associated with a list of devilish figures. Rise Above.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent classic devil-doom/prog rock! July 15, 2011
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Canadian band release their 2nd excellent album of dark, epic, heavy Devil-rock with female
vocals buried back in the song mix and classic guitars building & roaring, while keyboards soar &
flutes chime in pursuit of their version of prog-rock Heaven (i.e. Hell). The band plays their
instruments in a very unforced & "real" way, with an addictive ritualistic omnipotence. This has the feel
of an exceptional, unknown early 70s prog/metal band. Pure and powerful in its doom-laden
occultism and straightforward, sonic Satanic crunch. Reminiscent--in the best possible retro
sense--of bands like Jethro Tull, Fuzz Manta, Jex Thoth, Deep Purple, Baroness, Uriah Heep,
Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, etc.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked their s/t, you'll like this one. April 17, 2011
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Great album, it basically continues what Blood Ceremony had started in s/t. This record incorporates elements of doomy, kicking-psych, prog and folk-rock; if you loved the 70s vibe of their previous work, you'll most likely dig the atmosphere on this one. Guitars, bass, drums and Alia's flute and keyboards altogether sound thick, solid, and very vibrant, all complementing each other. The only thing that slightly bothered me at first was the thought of how the album cover could probably be a little more colorful and artistic, but that's really not important.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living with the AWESOME! July 21, 2011
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I'd never heard of these guys before, but bought this on Amazon's recommendation (I'm so gullible, every spammers dream), but, I'm so glad I got suckered, because this band are seriously wicked. Real brooding, proggy, majestical music, full of hammond-style organ, flutes, heavy guitars and smashing drums. The songs are wonderful, and really grew on me the more I listened to it - in fact repeated listening is a must, as it took a few spins for the greatness to really sink in.

This is like classic Deep Purple meets classic Black Sabbath meets the Rocky Horror Picture show soundtrack. Yes, it's that good!
Another reviewer states the singer's vocals are no good, and don't do the songs justice, but I couldn't disagree more. I can't comment on the other bands he mentions, but for me this chick's voice is the perfect match for these guys. That comment almost put me off buying this, and I'm relieved it didn't, because, as I might have mentioned already, this is great stuff.
Do yourself a favour and give this a go, chances are you'll love it, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, doomy and oh so retro May 13, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
Living With the Ancients is the second album from Canadian heavy/doom metal band Blood Ceremony. Led by female vocalist/organist/flautist Alia O'Brien, Blood Ceremony plays a wickedly retro-sounding brand of metal with emphasis on heavy, doomy riffs, occult themes and a vintage organ sound. They're like an unholy mix of early Black Sabbath and Black Widow with just the right amount of Antonius Rex, Uriah Heep and Jethro Tull.

Living With the Ancients is like a time capsule from another era. As soon as you press play you expect to smell smoke and hear the popping of vinyl. Every song on Living With the Ancients has these thick, doomy Sean Kennedy riffs that are so old school it seems like a young Ozzy is going to jump in at any moment to sing about time travelers or the devil. Instead, it's O'Brien who leads us down those dark paths with her haunting and powerful voice. She also provides the heavy organ (is that a Hammond?) and Tull-like flute work that gives the album an even more vintage sound.

There are only nine songs on this album, and aside from (maybe) the 40-second flute instrumental "The Witch's Dance," none of them would qualify as filler. "The Great God Pan" is a brilliant way to start things, letting you know exactly what to expect from the rest of Living With the Ancients. "My Demon Brother" and "Morning of the Magicians" are two heavy, grooving demonstrations of Blood Ceremony's love for early metal, as is the spirited instrumental "The Hermit" and the monster 10-minute closer "Daughter of the Sun."

If Black Sabbath had recorded an album with Ken Hensley and Ian Anderson somewhere around 1969, it would probably sound a lot like Living With the Ancients. If old school (heavy) metal and doom metal is your thing, Living With the Ancients is a must-have album. Fans of Ghost, Witchcraft and The Devil's Blood in particular should be all about this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! April 5, 2012
By criss
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Lovers of prog and classic rock will love this entertaining and rocking masterpiece from Blood Ceremony. The band has matured and captures what I liked from the early 70's very well, that is, strong power-chords and a thick sounding guitar with the lilting flute or Hammond organ to compliment. The bass work and drums are also excellent and they are for sure an ode to Jethro Tull and Black Sabbath. I discovered this band by accident on You-Tube, but count me as a fan. I can't wait to see them play live!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting mix of dark themes and Sabbath-style Metal February 1, 2012
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I saw this band on their tour with Ghost and enjoyed their show immensely. Live, their groove seeps into your bones. On the CD, however, the music feels a little slower, and a little cleaner. The band is a bit of a cross between Sabbath and Jethro Tull, which is, surprisingly, a very good thing. They sing about Pan and other ancient spirits and demons (hence the album's title) and the flute solos fit those themes beautifully. The actual riffs are a little simple, but remain effective and many songs have keyboard jams that can nearly rival Deep Purple. Unfortunately, the groove sessions are slightly less effective on CD than they were live. Still, the band is unique enough to overcome the slight repetitiveness of their songs with a combination of strong musicality and a welcomely haunting female singer.

Highly recommended.
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