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Blood Ritual: Black Grimoire (Digibook Version)
Death Metal
Moribund Records
April, 2005
Release length: 45:02
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Since 1992, Blood Ritual has only issued one demo, and two full-lengths, with Black Grimoire being the second of the two, and the first having been issued back in 1997. With an eight year period of silence, one would wonder how Black Grimoire would stand against the previous release, and if the wait between albums was truly worth it considering At the Mountains of Madness did not quite obtain the best reception. Even though the time period was length, it’s about time Blood Ritual did release something, and it was very much worth the wait.

While Black Grimoire is not one of the most jaw dropping Death Metal releases, it’s a very dark and grim album full of heavy music and satanic rites. Much of the album is off a mid-tempo pace, but the band doesn’t always stick to that speed as “Destruction Ritual” winds up going in and out of blast beat fueled speed and intensity with the album’s normal pace and hard hitting riffs. Of course, some of the tracks on here utilize small film snippets, all of which comes from the H.P. Lovecraft inspired film “At the Mouth of Madness”, all of which are very suiting to the flow of the album and the songs, but in a sense seem to deter from the ritualistic lyrical aspect of the album. Luckily these samples only come during “Invocation of Satan” as an introduction, as well as at the start of “Hand of Glory”.

Aside the audio samples being a bit awkward to the overall atmosphere and ritualistic approach of the album, there really is nothing else to be said negatively about the album. Much of this release is just solid, straight forward Death Metal that is well constructed and sounds great. The gutteral vocals have a nice range that come off as intimidating as the distortion used on the guitars, and the drumming sounds excellent against all of this. “Statement of Baalzebub” really showcases the band’s talents off nicely and creates a very intimidating song all together. While shorter songs like this and “Destruction Ritual” pack a lot into a smaller package, it’s the longer tracks on here that really stand out. Tracks like “Invocation of Satan” and “Creation of Lilin” are all nicely structured and lack any repetitive or boring moments without any filler elements at all.

The only things that seem to be drawn out a bit on these tracks would be the guitar solos, since on the shorter songs they seem to pass by a lot quicker, while the longer songs seem to have solos that go a bit slower, such as on the track “Necromancy”. While, yes, “Necromancy” is one of the slowest tracks on here, there are some quicker moments to the song, such as during the solo, where it could have been sped up. This doesn’t mean that any of these needed to be though, especially the ones found on this track. The slow solos on here actually do still have some great structure and work well to create a somewhat chaotic atmosphere against the most punishing, yet somewhat orderly sound this album can churn out, creating the proper environment necessary for this kind of release.


Limited to 3,000 copies only, there exists a digibook version of this release that actually comes in handy and makes the album a much more enjoyable experience, especially for Satanists out there who want the full effect of this release. This release looks like a traditional Hardcover book and has an embossed cover with the full artwork that adorns the traditional jewel case pressing against a black padding with the band name above and album below in silver. Inside you are greeted with expanded lyrics and ritual text, which really does give the listener a better understanding of the album and it’s lyrics. You are also given an introduction that describes how these lyrics work with the writings of Anton Szandor LaVey’s Satanic Bible, which really just expands this album even further. Aside all of that, it comes with demo tracks of “Necromancy”, “Destruction Ritual”, and “Creation of Lilin”, which are all great tracks as well as sound pretty close to the final products included on this release, just of a lower, more raw quality.


Let’s face it, Black Grimoire is actually a very intelligent piece of Satanic Death Metal being offered to the fans. If you ever happen upon the Digibook version of this release, it is by far a much superior version that will have you further enjoying this album then the standard jewel case version. This isn’t to say the standard pressing isn’t enjoyable either, since the entire release is a very solid piece of worship. There isn’t a single moment of this release that will leave the listener bored, and due to how well it’s constructed will have the listener coming back for more in the near, as well as far distant, future. If you’re looking for some grim and downright evil Death Metal, then be sure you pick up Black Grimoire from Blood Ritual.

01. Invocation of Satan – 8:11
02. Statement of Baalzebub – 4:08
03. Necromancy – 5:02
04. Ritual of Lust – 5:30
05. Destruction Ritual – 2:43
06. Hand of Glory – 6:10
07. Summoning the Unholy War – 2:19
08. Ur Song – 4:46
09. Creation of Lilin – 6:13
10. Necromancy (Demo Version) (Bonus Track) – 5:07
11. Destruction Ritual (Demo Version) (Bonus Track) – 2:49
12. Creation of Lilin (Demo Version) (Bonus Track) – 6:04
Overall Score: 9/10
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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.