Tuesday 27 December 2016


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Thrash
Related artistsOrchid, Ampere, Longings, Bucket Full Of Teeth, Panthers, Wolves, Dweller On The Threshold, Kindling, Landing, The Last Forty Seconds, All I Ask, Absolute Power, Demonbrother, Failures, Laceration, No Faith, Succumb, Vaccine, Won't Belong and Violent Bullshit.
CountryAmherst, Massachusetts USA
Years Active2012-2014
Song: "Actualize the Taste"
Album: "Vile Art"
Year: 2014
For fans ofOrchidSince By ManPanthers, Ampere, Swing Kids, Kabul Golf Cart, Blacklisters, Wolves, JR Ewing, Caitlyn Bailey, Heroin, Antioch Arrow, Angel Hair, Clikatat Ikatowi and Teenage Swoon aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Clean Plate Records / Adagio830 / Ritual Music
This post's artist is from the December 2016 Mix. This is track #8.
You can download: the December 2016 Mix#12 right here or get the new January 2017 Mix#1 here.

In the off chance that you've been living under a rock the last few years and are a fan of Orchid, you'll be beyond ecstatic to know that the majority of the band reunited as musicians (not Orchid) and released twice as the entity that is RITUAL MESS. The 'Ritual Mess' 7" on Clean Plate Records (Will's label) dropped in 2012 to myself and quite a few others being ecstatic beyond belief with the material. These three songs showed that the individuals who comprised RITUAL MESS were not looking for acceptance, compliance and closure because the EP is acidic, angry and volatile as fuck, with tracks such as "F+" and "Pig Island" both being prime examples, exploding overhead quickly and without warning in only a minute and a half.

The dark, caustic, abrasive, unrelenting, venomous and blistering sound was fleshed out in full by 2014 and displayed on the very aptly titled 'Vile Art' 12" record released on Clean Plate Records and Adagio830. "Actualize the Taste" opens this LP and does not disappoint, as it reminds this fan of "Amherst Pandemonium" and is my RITUAL MESS anthem. "Formal Apology", "Emma" and "Screw the Strand" are all in line with what Orchid might have evolved into, and obviously bare strong resemblances to their previous band and other powerviolence and screamy, sassy hardcore music in general. "The Last Shout" is not your typical RITUAL MESS fare and instead opts for a slower, broken and disjointed theme, although the latter half is pretty fucking intense. "Ritual Blood Pact" is perhaps the most venomous and simultaneously melodic song on this record, which also happens to be my favourite. "Wasting" is my other love on this album, as it clocks in at 3:39 and hits all crazy screamo chords as well as the bigger and very cohesive melodic hardcore bits to make this the most epic track on 'Vile Art', as well as the closer.

I'm not too sure if RITUAL MESS will be doing anything else, but my guess is that they are on hiatus until everything lines up and then maybe they'll do something, so I won't hold my breath. For now, grab the discography (here) or support the band by picking up their 12" (here), read the Will Killingsworth interview we did with the iconic guitar player, (here) and then immerse yourself in Forme Un Leere's Jayson Green interview (here). Both interviews are from 2016 and therefore quite relevant!


Click )==>here<==( to download the band's complete discography in mp3 form.

2012 - Ritual Mess 7"EP (stream/buy here)

2014 - Vile Art 12"LP (stream/buy here) [buy 12" here] ON SALE!!!


(2014) RITUAL MESS - "Actualize the Taste" (from 'Vile Art')

(2014) RITUAL MESS - "Ritual Blood Pact" (from 'Vile Art')

(2014) RITUAL MESS - "Wasting" (from 'Vile Art')

(2012) RITUAL MESS - "F+" (from 'Ritual Mess')

(2012) RITUAL MESS - "Pig Island" (from 'Ritual Mess')


RITUAL MESS out of print mp3 discography download / additional links


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