Copenhagen, Denmark’s ANTI RITUAL returns with their second offering, and first full-length album, Expel The Leeches. Confirming the LP for late October release through Indisciplinarian, the band today unveils an official video for the lead single, “Monetary Man,” alongside preorders and other details. GO HERE to watch the video.
Expel The Leeches delivers ten tracks of churning, pissed off, blackened hardcore, delivering a caustic commentary on the state of the world. While ANTI RITUAL draws on death metal, black metal, and grind as well as hardcore to create its furious aesthetic, the band thematically emphasizes the potential of aggressive music as being a political endeavor, and furthermore, its function as a cathartic cleanser for those involved. Topics like modern capitalism, the many guises worn by the rising fascism, the fear of environmental collapse, and the world we are leaving behind for future generations fuels this furious, yet dynamic record. The central drive behind the songs has once again been to find a constructive outlet for the less than optimistic outlook greeting anyone who cares to look up from their screens. These songs were written by ANTI RITUAL to help cope and to help put words to what surrounds us all.
As with ANTI RITUAL’s 2014 eponymous debut EP, Expel The Leeches is not meant as a pessimistic testament though. The sheer vitriol and passion poured into the making of these songs stem from a desire to make positive use of our anger and frustration. It is a way to ward off total apathy and the slow but certain descent into the indifference that covers every inch of postmodern society. An apathy that now threatens our very existence as a species.
Expel The Leeches was recorded and produced by ANTI RITUAL, mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatright (Nails, Sleep, From Ashes Rise), and is completed with artwork by Morten Grønnegaard and Nikolaj Borg.
The album’s first single, “Monetary Man” is a savage track showcasing ANTI RITUAL’s furious fusion of extreme styles. The song is backed by a video created by Morten Grønnegaard, starkly displaying the consequences and social unrest caused by the scavenging behavior of an unregulated market and the humans behind it.
Expel The Leeches is set for release on October 29th through Indisciplinarian, on LP limited to 300 copies pressed on black vinyl, as well as through all digital providers. Find LP preorders at the label webshop.
Watch for additional audio and video previews of the album, live dates, and more on ANTI RITUAL to post over the weeks ahead.
ANTI RITUAL is: Marco Malcorps – vocals, Jacob Krogholt – guitars, K.B. Larsen – bass, Nikolaj Borg – drums