Master's Hammer ‎– Ritual / The Jilemnice Occultist

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Osmose Productions ‎– OPCD 114
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2 × CD, Compilation, Limited Edition
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Notes

Deluxe double digipak limited to 2000 copies.

Comes in a three folded digipak with a two page lyric insert.

[typo error on Track 1-7 (Decny Navrat) and Track 1-10 (Dytoupeni)]

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 4 001617 083925
  • Matrix / Runout (Ritual): [Sony DADC logo] A0000016557-0101 53
  • Mastering SID Code (Ritual): IFPI L553
  • Mould SID Code (Ritual): IFPI 94K6
  • Matrix / Runout (The Jilemnice Occultist): [Sony DADC logo] A0000083714-0101 23
  • Mastering SID Code (The Jilemnice Occultist): IFPI L553
  • Mould SID Code (The Jilemnice Occultist): IFPI 94Y7
  • Label Code: LC 02406
  • Rights Society: SACEM SACD SDRM SGDL

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ANTI-GOTH 117 Master's Hammer Ritual. / Jilemnický Okultista(4xLP, Comp, Ltd, RP, Red) Nuclear War Now! Productions ANTI-GOTH 117 US 2009 Sell This Version
ANTI-GOTH 117 Master's Hammer Ritual. / Jilemnický Okultista(4xLP, Comp, Ltd, RM, RP) Nuclear War Now! Productions ANTI-GOTH 117 US 2009 Sell This Version
OPCD 114 Master's Hammer Ritual / The Jilemnice Occultist(2xCD, Comp, Ltd) Osmose Productions OPCD 114 France Unknown Sell This Version
ANTI-GOTH 117 Master's Hammer Ritual. / Jilemnický Okultista(4xLP, Comp, Ltd, RM, RP, Yel) Nuclear War Now! Productions ANTI-GOTH 117 US 2009 Sell This Version
ANTI-GOTH 117 Master's Hammer Ritual. / Jilemnický Okultista(4xLP, Comp, Ltd, RM, Pur) Nuclear War Now! Productions ANTI-GOTH 117 US 2009 Sell This Version

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CarpathianWeakling

CarpathianWeakling

February 12, 2017

One of the earlier examples of black metal, and decades later, still a stand-out pair of releases.

First of all, it does sound dated in terms of black metal. The thrash overtones of 80s and early 90s black metal are apparent and instrumentally this sets it apart from what we would consider modern-day black metal.

Speaking of elements that set these albums apart.. The vocals are insane! Unlike anything else I've ever heard before, these are the tortured wails of a man on the edge of insanity lost deep in a cave. They don't take away anything from the music for me personally, but I can certainly understand the average listener's dislike for them. Instrumentally, it's more thrash than black. Blast beats are found rarely, and there isn't any tremolo-picked guitar work. Like I've mentioned - early black metal.
There are, however, keyboards buried in the mix and some clean chant-like vocals from time to time, which people use to justify the "atmopsheric" tag. Not worthy of such a standard, personally.
I can't really recommend Ritual. over Jilemnicky or vice versa personally, they sound quite similar. Which is probably why they were released together. People seem to prefer Ritual. In all, I think they're important in the chronicle of black metal, especially as they set a precedent for Czech black metal as a regional scene and sound but can't be fully appreciated by anyone who didn't hear them pre-2000.

Unique and iconic Eastern-European black metal albums that don't quite hold up to the modern equivalents or the Norwegian albums of the same generation. 7/10.