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Ritual Dictates (Revocation, 3 Inches of Blood) Release New Song, Announce Debut Album

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Former 3 Inches of Blood guitarist Justin Hagberg and Revocation drummer Ash Pearson have joined forces to thrash in a new metal band, Ritual Dictates. Their first single, “Given to Despair” recently arrived online and offers an intense preview into their debut album, due out this spring.

The track is a violent five minute adventure that twists together black, grind, and death metal. There are even some moments about halfway through that feel reminiscent of classic rock, with a slower tempo and soft singing, before the song quickly catapults back into no-nonsense growls and riffs. The whole album is sure to be a wild ride considering the range of this one song. It’ll be mixed by Jesse Gander (Bison, Anciients, Japandroids) and mastered by Jason Corbett (Actors), and will even include guest musicians Danko Jones, Shawn Haché (Mitochondrion, Auroch, Night Profound), and Shane Clark (Bison).

Give in to Despair is out April 3, and we’re anxiously looking forward to the black-grind-metal-classic-rock chaos that awaits.

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