Friday, December 5, 2008

MOTD - Ceremonial Castings: European flavored American black metal with symphonic and death elements

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Ceremonial Castings
Song: World Unsantification
Album: Barbaric is the Beast
Style: (symphonic/melodic) Black Metal
country/location: Battle Ground, Washington
release: 2006

(wow, it's been a week since I've posted anything! This week's been crazy and I just haven't gotten around to it. Also I needed a breather. Anyways!) So begins yet another series of black metal bands that I'd like to share with you guys! Some of them are more traditional than others (today's band) while some of them are quite experimental and different (Panopticon). All of them are top bands, if not really awesome, if not at least worth a listen! In true Wren/Bob fashion, I'll probably interrupt the series for some random stuff (like the 200th post that's coming up soon! A little silly surprise for that one haha).

So this band comes from a suggestion and a recommendation! In one of the metal communities I'm in, someone recommended this band to me (and the community). Much to my surprise, I discovered that I had something by them. Not only that, it was one of the MOTD that had been posted years ago when I was just a budding metal head. I also remembered the song kicked major ass. Now I'm not one to repeat a song if I can avoid it (I repeated once, but that was because I wasn't paying attention). So I acquired a full album by this band so I could introduce something different.

Wow, long introduction haha! Ceremonial Castings are a black metal band with some melodic, symphonic and death metal elements that hails from Battle Ground, Washington. What exactly sets them a part from the other symphonic black metal bands? First of all the band doesn't have a bassist which creates for a more thin and traditional black metal sound. Second of all, the black metal elements are all there. Tremolo guitars, blastbeats, the dark and grim atmosphere. The riffs here are melodic but still fast and extreme. Third of all, the symphonic elements are light but still a huge part of their sound. The keyboards give that melodic touch without being overpowering and over the top. It's a traditional style while being original and unique. They utilize the usual black metal higher pitched vocals in parts (like the first half), but they also use more deep guttural death metal growls. This is probably one of their more unique elements. That and also the occasional deep clean singing that is placed over the extreme vocals. All these elements scream European metal, but they are from Washington (which might as well be Europe hehe). I thank the person who re-introduced this incredible band to me!

Ceremonial Castings - World Unsanctification