Daniel Jackson creates black metal out of Albuquerque, NM under the name Void Ritual. In the summer of 2014, Void Ritual released its debut EP, Holodomor (now sold out) through Tridroid Records. The goal was simple: craft powerful, memorable black metal with a reverence for the genres’s second wave. The reaction was very positive, with Holodomor getting positive coverage from Metalsucks, Cvlt Nation, and Invisible Oranges, along with Metal Injection listing Void Ritual as one of “10 Underground Bands You NEED To Hear” and including Holodomor in their best of the year list (EP Section).
Since that time, Void Ritual has contributed three songs to a split with Scotland’s Barshasketh, released in February of 2015 through Broken Limbs Recordings, which again was met with strongly positive reviews, being featured at Metal Injection, Cvlt Nation and Nine Circles. In August of 2017, Void Ritual returned with Heretical Wisdom; its first full length album, via Throats Productions on CD, and Tridroid Records on Cassette.
On August 3rd 2018 Void Ritual will release Death is Peace—the first of two full length albums to be released this year—via the newly-launched digital label Ipos Music. All revenue the album generates will be donated to The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women. The album moves Void Ritual forward, still deeply tied to black metal’s second wave, but showing growth and a willingness to play with established formulas and percussive norms. The lyrics speak to the difficulties in dealing with loss, extreme anxiety and depression. While the words themselves convey hopelessness throughout, the music itself provides Jackson a means for recovery.
Void Ritual – A Mockery of Flesh & Bone
Void Ritual – Nachzehrer
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