I am pleasantly surprised by how much I like this. I think Void Ritual are a one-man outfit producing black metal, and there are many of these kinda outfits out there, and sometimes I listen and feel it doesn’t work, however on Heretical Wisdom I hear a maturity and musicianship that is worthy of your time and money. “The Flood” starts us off in an expected frenetic way, yet it is “Breathing Ice” that really piques my attention as it slows down its rhythm to that beautiful Bathory-esque momentum and my head cannot but worship with a meditative nod.
This is the first full album release by Dan and his Void Ritual moniker who probably don’t need much of an introduction in these pages. After an EP and a split EP this album is seeing a full CD release on Throats Productions and cassette via Tridroid Records in August 2017, so proper backing and exposure! The instruments are all equally used and balanced throughout, so the drums get a bit of an expose on Heretical Wisdom title track bringing them forward from purely a beat keeper, “Frozen Altar” includes a very slight keyboard presence, but handled in a subtle way as to not overpower the track.
“Dead in the Blackest Night” is a belter of a tune for me, with rising and falling guitar work, harsh guttural vocals and a relentless pounding of drums. A very short break for breath before hammering on to the finish like a thunderous midnight storm.
The album closes with “Nachzehrer” which I understand is a German vampire, which is exactly what this whole album encapsulates, a dark, undead, relentless never dying beast of the night!