Thursday, December 2, 2021

Ritual - Superb Birth (1999)

The second album from this band from Sweden.

The band was a quartet with a lineup of drums, percussion, bass, guitars, bouzouki, grand piano, electric piano, dulcimer, organ, synths, sampler and vocals.

The band returned again after the self-titled debut album released in 1995. The debut album is widely regarded as one of the best Swedish debut albums of all times.

The follow up sees the band scale back again to a more straight progressive rock sound. Gone is most of the Eastern sounds and influences.

Superb Birth is in this respect a one-off album as the band returned to their debut album on their remaining two albums. 

The music still has this Swedish symphonic prog sound and some hints of Eastern influences. The music is best described as neo-prog, though.

The songs are short and punchy.

The quality is still good and this is an interesting album. It is not the album the band will be remembered for, though.

3 points





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