Adoration Destroyed – Ritual Damage (2016)
Following on from the Carnal Dirge single released earlier this year, Adoration Destroyed release their debut album Ritual Damage on Cleopatra Records. The aforementioned single was a tease as to what would inevitably come and the good news is that Ritual Damage does not disappoint. Lead by Erik Gustafson, a current member of 16Volt, Adoration Destroyed play a dark, rhythmic, catchy, electro variant of industrial.
Ritual Damage is catchy as hell, it’s a super melodic record with great songwriting. Perhaps this diminishes the depth and longevity of the album as it makes for an immediately accessible experience – but this should garner the band a fair few new fans. All throughout the album we are treated to a darkwave/EBM flavoured sound – its difficult to pigeonhole, but if you take a dash of Manson, a smidgen of NIN and big whallop of Aesthetic Perfection, you’re kinda in the ballpark arena. Speaking of Manson, there’s a cover of “Coma White” on the album. Uh oh. Yes. Perhaps not quite reaching Manson ‘s level of greatness, but a valiant effort nonetheless. Gustafson’s vocals tend to be slightly monotone throughout the album, a little more range wouldn’t go astray, exemplified by the track “Nothing Left” where with the inclusion of Cynical Existence’s guest vocals, the track is brought up a level with the increased dynamics. However, in saying that, this monotone vocal approach does add a particular character and style to Adoration Destroyed’s repertoire. There are plenty of great track on offer here, some highlights are “Voices Carry”, “Never Mine”, “Nothing Left” and “Both of Me”.
Overall, Adoration destroyed have delivered a deliciously dark debut album with plenty of tunes that will probably get stuck in your head for all the right reasons. Recommended listening.
Available on Bandcamp here.