Grief Ritual are a band sitting at a musical crossroads – caught between blackened metallic hardcore, post-metal, and the heavier, slower sides of black and death metal, Grief Ritual are as heavy and as miserable as their name suggests.
In the words of the band: “‘Telluric’ is about how twelve years of Conservative government have decimated the NHS and the wider UK health and social support networks.”
The single is another glimpse of Grief Ritual‘s debut EP, Spiritual Disease – a metaphor for the mental illness brought on by the despotic state of the world – which will be released on 9th September.
Human rights continually stripped away, poverty increasing, inequality propping up the super-wealth of the few: these are the themes which Grief Ritual play on. Spiritual Disease is a haunting listen, grim and cathartic, a twenty-minute release of paralyzing, fearful, angry emotion, reminiscent of END, Leeched, Harms Way, Nails, and early Napalm Death.
Spiritual Disease was recorded with Joe Clayton at No Studio (Pijn, Curse These Metal Hands) in the shadow of Strangeways Prison.
Such a thoughtful approach has already led the young, new band to be described as a “nuanced exploration of caustic catharsis” by The Quietus, as well performing at Bloodstock Open Air and at ArcTanGent x 2000trees crossover event in Summer 2021.
In their brief time as a group, Grief Ritual have already supported Heriot, Heart of a Coward, Knocked Loose, Static Dress, Wiegedood and END. Grief Ritual also made their 2000trees debut this summer, and have recently undertaken a mini-tour with Gutter.