Hey gang it’s been awhile since we laid down an official update! Good news no one died, became a Jehovah Witness or joined a Satanic Cult (yet)! We’ve actually been recording the follow up to our last CD Karma Machine and are about 80-90% there. Luckily we were able to enlist the talents of none other than Matt Thompson from King Diamond to lay down the drums tracks for the CD and as expected it’s pretty goddamn awesome. Of course he’s not joining the band as he has bigger fish to fry, but it was nice to have some talent of his caliber involved. 11 tunes’ in the bag and again we’ll hit up Andy La Rocque and Sonic Train for the mix and mastering. The CD went down as a trio this time with Matt on drums as mentioned, David Reed Watson on vocals and Steven D. Rice on all guitars, bass, etc. as well as engineering/producing the recordings. Song titles and all the usual press/promo BS at a later date as we get it done. Expect an early 2017 release with the usual tour dates etc. to follow up is in the works. Rock!
On March 1st, 2016 Kill Ritual will embark on a month long tour starting in Ashland, Oregon and working their way through; Washington, Montana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and ending back in California. You can follow their tour on this facebook group that they created: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1505365376439377/ or bandsintown/killritual
Heavy Metal Band Kill Ritual (Amon-Ra, Imagika, Rage of Angels) announce headline U.S. tour, debut show at 2016 Winter NAMM, and sign worldwide deal with Extreme Management Group
With the announcement of their 2016 spring headlining tour, Heavy Metal act Kill Ritual has now joined the massive roster of Extreme Management Group, Inc. Kill Ritual will be making their live debut at the 2016 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) convention this Friday, January 22nd at Malone’s in California followed by a spring tour starting February 29th.
Kill Ritual would also like to welcome new guitarist and member Byron Nemeth (Sacred Heart, Amon-Ra) to the fold on second guitar. You can find out more about Byron (at his) website.
Kill Ritual released their new album Karma Machine in 2015 along with a video for the song “Rise” (link below) that was mixed/mastered by guitar legend, King Diamond member, Andy LaRocque at his Sonic Train Studios.
2016 ushers in a brand new year for Kill Ritual with their new Management team at Extreme Management Group.
ABOUT Kill Ritual
Formed in 2010 by former members of Imagika, Dark Angel, and Eldritch, Kill Ritual launched themselves into the metal world with their debut CD “The Serpentine Ritual” in 2012 on Scarlet Records and the band was immediately rewarded with great reviews and positive reaction from fans around the world. The band then completed a US tour in the fall of 2013 and followed it up with the release of their 2014 CD “The Eyes Of Medusa” on Golden Core/ZYX and again received great press and accolades from fans worldwide.
February 2015: Kill Ritual recruit Vocalist David Reed Watson (Rage of Angels, D.N.A., Electric Messiah, The Constant) to record their new CD “Karma Machine”.
September 2015: They release their newest CD “Karma Machine” on Scarlet Records which was produced by Guitarist Steve Rice at his Fossil Sound Studios and mixed/mastered by Guitar legend, King Diamond member, Andy LaRocque at his Sonic Train Studios in Sweden.
2016 ushers in a brand new year for Kill Ritual with their new Management team, Extreme Management Group, Tone Deaf Touring, to line up their Spring 2016 Tour as well as adding second Lead Guitarist, Byron Nemeth (Amon-Ra, Sacred Heart, Byron Nemeth Group) to the mix.
Kill Ritual has released a video for the song off their upcoming release Karma Machine that will be made available on 9/18/15 through Scarlet Records. The video was shot at Soundwave Studios in Oakland CA. with Mike Sloat (Testament, Machine Head, Lynard Skynard) directing and features the bands new revamped line-up and sound.
David Read Watson-Vocals
Steven D. Rice –Guitars
Bobby HQ Storm-Bass
Kill Ritual-Karma Machine
1. Just A Cut
3. The Enemy Inside
4. The Key
5. Karma Machine
6. My Green Room
8. Land Of The Dead
9. The Camera’s Eye
The CD was produced and engineered by Steven D. Rice and mixed /mastered by Andy LaRocque.
SF Bay Area/LA/Vegas metallers KILL RITUAL have released the preview track “The Enemy Inside” from their upcoming release “Karma Machine” CD which will see the light of day in Summer 2015 through a yet to be determined label. The track ushers in the bands new line up of vocalist David Reed Watson and drummer Koryuan Bobikyan alongside stalwarts’ guitarist Steven D. Rice and bassist Danyael Laughing Bear following the departure of vocalist Josh Gibson and drummer Gee Anzalone. The CD will be mixed and mastered by Andy LaRocque at his Sonic Train Studios in Varberg Sweden in May and was tracked and produced by Kill Ritual guitarist Steven D. Rice at Fossil Sound. The track is available here for free download and streaming. Read the rest of this entry »
Kill Ritual have made the unreleased track “Drop Dead Gorgeous” available for free download and streaming on Sound Cloud and Reverb Nation The song comes off their 20 14 release “The Eyes Of Medusa” as a thank you to all the fans that have support us the last few years. The track was recorded at Fossil Sound and engineered /produced by Kill Ritual guitarist Steve Rice.
Mr. Rice comments on the tune, “This track reflects a little different style for the band in some ways as it starts off very deceivingly with a ballad type intro , but gets to the Metal fairly quickly after that. It’s a nice tongue in cheek tale of the kind of girl you’d like to take home, but wish you hadn’t!”
In other Kill Ritual news the band will complete the mixing and mastering in March 2015 with Andy LaRocque handling the job at his Sonic Train Studios once again. The band expects a Summer 2015 release of the yet untitled CD.
SF Bay Area Metallers KILL RITUAL featuring former members of Imagika and Dark Angel, are streaming the title track of their upcoming album, The Eyes Of Medusa, due out April 4th via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. Listen to ‘The Eyes Of Medusa‘ below.
SF Bay Area Metallers KILL RITUAL featuring former members of Imagika and Dark Angel will release their second album, “The Eyes Of Medusa“, on April 4 via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. The cover artwork for the CD was created by Jobert Mello of Sledgehammer Graphix (SABATON, PRIMAL FEAR) and can be seen below.
Recordings were done at Fossil Sound; San Jose CA and Fang Studio; San Mateo CA. Production/engineering was again handled by KILL RITUAL guitarist Steven Rice. Mix and master completed by Steven Rice & Andy LaRocque (KING DIAMOND).
01. The Eyes Of Medusa
02. Hair Trigger
03. Never Get Me
04. Ride Into The Night
05. Weight Of The World
06. Writing On The Wall
07. Just Another Sin
08. My Little Sister
10. Agenda 21
KILL RITUAL are:
Josh “Crimson” Gibson – Vocals
Steven Rice – Guitars (ex Imagika)
Danyael “Laughing” Bear – Bass (ex Dark Angel)
Gee Anzalone – Drums (Brain Damage)
Formed in late 2010 by former IMAGIKA lead guitarist Steven Rice. KILL RITUAL was completed by former DARK ANGEL bassist Danyael Williams, Bay Area vocalist Josh Gibson and Italian drummer Gee Anzalone (BRAIN DAMAGE).
Just completing a successful 21 date US headlining tour US/Italian Thrash And Roller’s KILL RITUAL have finished production on their sophomore release “The Eyes Of Medusa” with final mixing and mastering handled by Andy LaRocque (King Diamond) at Sonic Train Studios. A spring 2014 release is expected.
The track listing is:
The Eyes Of Medusa
Never Get Me
Ride Into The Night
Weight Of The World
Writing On The Wall
Drop Dead Gorgeous
Just Another Sin
My Little Sister
“Harder Than Stone” the brand new single from acclaimed San Francisco Bay Area thrashers KILL RITUAL is now available on all digital stores: Amazon, iTunes, etc. and as free download via Rock N Growl Records.
Initially recorded during the basic tracking sessions of the “The Serpentine Ritual” CD “Harder Than Stone” is yet another gem in the catalog of KILL RITUAL. The track showcases the unique songwriting of the band and their relentless pursuit of song craft and validity.
The new song “Harder Than Stone” can be streamed and downloadedhere:
KILL RITUAL (x Dark Angel,Imagika,Eldritch) Unveil Debut CD Cover
SF Bay Area Metallers Kill Ritual featuring x members of Imagika and Dark Angel are nearing completion of their sophomore CD to be titled “The Eyes Of Medusa” which will be completed in September and again mixed by Andy LaRocque of King Diamond fame and engineered by Kill Ritual guitarist Steve Rice. The CD finds the band expanding on there already diverse metal sound with new found hooks and aggression.
Guitarist Steve Rice comments on the new CD, “The new material finds us digging a little deeper into our influences and roots and solidifying the direction we already established on our debut. We don’t care about classifying ourselves within the genre of Metal because as a band we embrace Metal for all its strengths and it will definitely be apparent on this new album.” An early 2014 release is tentative.
Kill Ritual has also announced rescheduled US Tour dates for September after the injury to guitarist Mehl Anoma forced the cancellation of the bands tour that was to have taken place in March. Mehl Anoma has since left the band due to his continued injury issues and the band will move forward as a 4 pc. The new rescheduled dates are:
Thurs 09/5 Las Vegas, NV – The Cheyenne Saloon
Fri 09/6 Gilbert, AZ – Crabby Don’s
Sat 09/7 Albuquerque, NM – Hooligans
Sun 09/8 El Paso, TX – Bombardiers
Mon 09/9 Las Cruces, NM – The Green Room
Thurs 09/12 Midland, TX – Fast Freddy’s
Sat 09/14 Ft Worth, TX – The Rail Club,
Sun 09/15 Austin, TX – Headhunters
Mon 09/16 San Antonio, TX – Zombies Bar
Thurs 09/19 Corpus Christi, TX – Zero’s Hard Rock Club
Fri 09/20 Houston, TX – Acadia
Sat 09/21 Dallas, TX – Boiler Room
Sun 09/22 Oklahoma City, OK – The Chameleon
Mon 09/23 Wichita, KS – Kirby’s Beer Store
Tues 09/24 Kansas City, MO
Wed 09/25 Lincoln, NE
Thurs 09/26 Cheyenne, WY
Fri 09/27 Casper, WY – The Sandbar Lounge
Sat 09/28 Salt Lake City, UT
Sun 09/29 Reno, NV – Shea’s Tavern
More Dates and venue info will be added when available
Bay Area Thrash and Rollers KILL RITUAL have lined up the following US dates in support of their debut release “The Serpentine Ritual” (Scarlet Records).
The band are also introducing new guitarist Mehl Anoma (ex-Potential, Threat SF) who takes over for the departing Roberto Proietti who has stepped down because of a demanding professional career and new family. Roberto will be missed and we all understand and support his decision. Mehl is a Bay Area Metal veteran and we look forward to our future collaborations.
KILL RITUAL is: Josh Gibson – Vocals, Steven Rice – Lead Guitar (ex Imagika), Mehl Anoma – Guitar (ex Potential, Threat SF), Wayne De Vecchi – Drums (ex Imagika, Doom Society), Danyael Williams – Bass (ex Dark Angel)
KILL RITUAL US TOUR 2013
03/1 – Gilbert, AZ – Crabby Don’s
03/2 – Albuquerque, NM – Hooligans
03/3 – El Paso, TX – Bombardiers
03/4 – Las Cruces, NM – The Green Room
03/6 – Roswell, NM – Silverdome
03/7 – Midland, TX – Fast Freddy’s
03/8 – Lawton, OK – The Railhead Saloon
03/9 – Ft Worth, TX – The Rail Club
3/10 – Austin, TX – Headhunters
3/15 – Houston, TX-TBA
3/16 – Brownwood, TX – Brownwood County Fairgrounds
3/17 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Chameleon
3/18 – Wichita, KS – Kirby’s Beer Store
3/19 – Garden City, KS – Four Winds Bar and Grill
3/20 – Denver, CO – Casselman’s
3/21 – Casper, WY-TBA
3/22 – Salt Lake City, UT-TBA
3/23 – Reno, NV – Shea’s Tavern
3/30 – Las Vegas, NV – The Cheyenne Saloon
US thrash metaller KILL RITUAL, the band featuring former members of IMAGIKA, DARK ANGEL and ELDRITCH debut new video for the song “Old School Thrasher” off their debut CD “The Serpentine Ritual” to be released Oct. 30th through Scarlet Records. The video can be streamed below:
KILL RITUAL (x Dark Angel,Imagika,Eldritch) Unveil Debut CD Cover
The video was shot on Friday July 13th 2012 at Sound Wave Studio, Oakland CA. Filmed and edited by Mike Sloat (MACHINE HEAD, TESTAMENT).
Lead Guitarist Steve Rice comments, “Simple, raw and in your face like the song itself, what better way to introduce fans to the world of Kill Ritual than with a bunch of long hair sweaty thrasher in jeans and t-shirts kicking it out! Like the lyric says “And Now I’m Metal Tonight!”
“The Serpentine Ritual” was mixed at KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque’s Sonic Train Studio in Varberg, Sweden. La Rocque also plays a guest guitar solo on the track “Coat Of Blood“. Guitarist Steve Rice engineered the CD, which was tracked at Fang Studios in San Mateo, California and Fossil Studios in San Jose, California. The CD cover artwork was designed by Brazilian artist Jobert Mello’s Sledgehammer Graphix (SABATON, BAD COMPANY).
According to a press release, “The Serpentine Ritual” “finds KILL RITUAL unleashing 10 tracks of straight-up metal that is both modern and classic while retaining the legacy of their past bands.”
“The Serpentine Ritual” track listing:
01. The Serpentine Ritual
02. Torn Down
03. Time To Kill
05. Old School Thrasher
06. Coat Of Blood
07. Cold Hard Floor
08. Law Of The Land
09. The Day The World Dies
10. Prisoner Of The Flesh
Formed in late 2010 by former IMAGIKA lead guitarist Steven Rice and drummer Wayne De Vecchi, KILL RITUAL is completed by former ELDRITCHguitarist Roberto Proietti, former DARK ANGEL bassist Danyael Williams and Bay Area vocalist Josh Gibson.
KILL RITUAL is:
Josh Gibson – Vocals
Steven Rice – Lead Guitar
Roberto Proietti – Guitar
Wayne De Vecchi – Drums
Danyael Williams – Bass
SF Bay Area Thrashers KILL RITUAL has signed a worldwide deal for the Oct.30th release of their debut CD “The Serpentine Ritual” with Scarlet Records.
The CD was recorded and engineered by Kill Ritual Lead Guitarist Steve Rice at Fang Studios in San Mateo, CA and Fossil Sound in San Jose, CA. Mix and Mastering was done by Andy LaRocque of King Diamond fame at his Sonic Train Studios in Varberg Sweden. Mr. LaRocque also makes a guest appearance on the CD with the ending solo on the track “Coat Of Blood”
The band has also shot a promo video for the first single “Old School Thrasher” that was directed and edited by Mike Sloat (Testament, Machine Head.) to be released in conjunction with the CD.
The cover art was designed by Jobert Mello for Sledgehammer Graffix (Sabaton,Primal Fear.)
Lead Guitarist Steve Rice comments on the new deal “Well the Kill Ritual debut will at last see the light of day and we are psyched to have Scarlet Records on board for the release of the CD. The label has a ton of great bands on their roster and excellent distribution worldwide so we can reach as many Metal Maniacs as possible. Get ready for some SF Bay Area Thrash and Roll!”
“The Serpentine Ritual” track listing:
The Serpentine Ritual
Time To Kill
Old School Thrasher
Coat Of Blood*
Cold Hard Floor
Law Of The Land
Prisoner Of The Flesh
My Neighborhood (Bonus Track)
*Guest solo by Andy LaRocque
KILL RITUAL is comprised of former members of Imagika, Dark Angel and Eldritch that formed in 2010.
Josh Gibson -Vocals
Steven Rice -Lead Guitar
Roberto Proietti – Guitar
Danyael Williams -Bass
Wayne DeVecchi -Drums