Ritual Howls are industrial, cinematic deathrock creating sounds and words that shift from the violent expression of fear to an obsession with baptism and cleansing. Their combination of drum machines, synths, fuzz bass and twang guitar produce a Skinny Puppy meets Lee Hazlewood soundtrack that embraces both paranoia and tranquility – like a love song to the devil. LISTEN: “SPIRIT MURDER” ON SOUNDCLOUD
Today they’ve shared another track off their forthcoming album out on felte August 19.
Debuted by FLOOD, the band explains “The unnecessary/perverse incarceration and the continued persecution of people who have paid their debt to society. A man’s mind is looted and spirt destroyed, but it is not enough. Never enough. One’s blood/life is the only payment accepted. Freedom is a fallacy – the spirit is murdered.”
Detroit’s Paul Bancell (vocals/guitars), Ben Saginaw (bass) and Chris Samuels (Synths, Samples, Drum Machines) are Ritual Howls. They collect samples of the physical world and feed them with guitar, vox, bass, synth and drum machines to create an aura of darkness over a pop sensibility. Bancell provides lyrics that Poe or Lovecraft would approve of while Samuels and Saginaw provide sounds that bring his macabre tales lurching into the world of the living. Collaboratively, Ritual Howls create a surreal, introspective gloom that could fuel a disco in hell, a soundtrack to your favorite nightmares and most grisly fantasies.