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Unholy Ritual

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Formed: 1997
From: Athens, Greece
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Unholy Ritual is a Greek black metal band formed by Hyperion and Bertram in 1997. A year later, Aurin, Veron, Dracon and Gareth (Diabolical Principles, Stellar Darkness) joined the band and their lineup was complete.

By the new millenium, the band had performed a series of live shows for the local Battle of the Bands and came out on top in the metal category. Other highlights include headlining a black metal underground festival at the Woodstock Club in Athens and later supporting Mayhem for their show in Athens.

Over the summer of 2001, Unholy Ritual put out their first promo/demo CD, entitled "Denial From Heaven," showcasing their hauntingly atmospheric style of black metal, highly reminiscent of Cradle of Filth.

Latest Unholy Ritual News

Below is our complete Unholy Ritual news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Unholy Ritual's New EP Streaming In Full

Update: The streaming period for this release is now over and "Finis Origine Pendet" is out now.

Metalunderground.com is proud to premiere the exclusive stream of Greek symphonic black metal band Unholy Ritual's upcoming EP, "Finis Origine Pendet" (reviewed here). The four track EP was mixed and mastered by Andy Classen at the renowned Stage One Studios (Belphegor, Krisiun, Dew Sented, Naglefar, Rotting Christ, Asphyx, Graveworm, etc.) in Germany. Cover art was done by the Andreas Marschall (Blind Guardian, Dimmu Borgir, The Kovenant, King Diamond, etc.).

"Finis Origine Pendet," which is due out October 30th and translates as "The beginning shapes the end," will be the band's self-financed follow up to "Rex Mundi." "Rex Mundi" was issued in 2008 by Emotion Art Music following the band's three-year hiatus.

You can stream "Finis Origine Pendet" in our player below until its release on October 30th (which has now passed).

The tracklisting for "Finis Origine Pendet" is as follows:

1. Chalice Of Aquarius
2. Ignes Fatui
3. Distinct Inception
4. Death Before Dishonor (Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa)

The band recently released a new music video for "Death Before Dishonor." You can hear more of Unholy Ritual's music on their MySpace page.

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Unholy Ritual Posts New Music Video Online

Greek symphonic black metal band Unholy Ritual has posted the video for "Death Before Dishonor" online. The band's latest EP "Finirs Origine Pendet" is set for release on October 30th, and preorders can be made at unholy_ritual@hotmail.com.

"Finis Origine Pendet" was mixed / mastered by Andy Classen at Stage One Studios (Belphegor, Krisiun, Dew Sented, Naglefar,Rotting Christ, Asphyx, Graveworm etc) in Germany. Cover art was done by the legendary Andreas Marschall (Blind Guardian, Dimmu Borgir, The Kovenant, King Diamond, etc.).

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Unholy Ritual Completes New EP

Greek symphonic black metal band Unholy Ritual has concluded the production process of their upcoming EP entitled "Finis Origine Pendet." Mix / Master was handled by Andy Classen at Stage One Studios (Belphegor , Rotting Christ, Krisiun, Graveworm). The release is expected in summer 2010.

Synth player / Orchestrator Q_Snc comments, "With this new release i believe we are taking UR into a direction which enables us to present our multi-leveled material in a more cohesive way. The compositions crossbreed extreme black metal with symphonic parts , electronic elements and death / prog metal touches.Supported by Andy Classen's production - we are really satisfied with the end result"

Tracklisting of "Finis Origine Pendet" is as follows:

1. Chalice Of Aquarius
2. Ignes Fatui
3. Distinct Inception
4. Death Before Dishonor (Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa) More...

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Unholy Ritual Begins Recording New EP

Greek extreme symphonic black metallers Unholy Ritual are currently recording new material for the successor of their debut album “Rex Mundi.” An EP release is in process while the end result is expected in May or June 2010. Mixing and mastering will be done by Andy Classen at Stage One Studios (Belphegor , Rotting Christ , Graveworm , Krisium) in Germany , between 10-13 of May. Cover artwork by Andreas Marschall (The Kovenant , Dimmu Borgir , Blind Guardian , King Diamond ).

The band has also announced their ending of their cooperation with Emotion Art Music Ltd.

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Unholy Ritual Posts Preview Video Online

A teaser video from Unholy Ritual's first video for "Killer Instinct" has been posted online. The song is off the band's debut album "Rex Mundi." You can watch the video clip below. More...

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Unholy Ritual Signs To JordanRiver Entertainment

Greek extreme symphonic black metallers Unholy Ritual has inked a deal with JordanRiver Entertainment for a multiple record deal.

The band is currently in the studio putting the final touches to their debut entitled "Rex Mundi" due on early 2008. Comments the label founder on the deal, "this sort of cooperation being the first for a European band with our label will open the doors wide on the international scene, bringing forth one of the finest bands to emerge from today's Greek scene."

The band chooses to drift away from the classic Greek metal sound crafted by the likes of Rotting Christ and Varathron, having its own unique identity. Elaborated and refined, the opus embeds variant influences and creative efforts into a black metal nucleus.

The single track "Vae Victus" from the 2008 "Rex Mundi" album has been made available for full download at this location (in a compressed RAR file).

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