By: The Samnambulist
March 28th 2015
Ritual of The Black Mass Single Review
*taken from the album Dark Gods: Birth of The Architects by VON
The A-side was previously released in 2013 as very limited advance single. It was still available via the band's website in digital format, but I can't seem to find it now. Admittedly, the website is as clunky, obscure, and difficult to navigate as the band's music, so it might still be lurking somewhere. The 2013 version is 3:52 in length, this one is 6:07. It mostly is a slightly slower, slightly quieter version with a longer (near) silent intro and more repetition of the riff. It continues VON's current tendency towards sludgy riffs with a southern twist. I prefer the 2013 version for its mix and focus, but both are good.
"Sanctuary of Lust" sounds like it is only the bass tracks from the finished song and is near inaudible unless you have decent headphones, but this actually works. You feel uneasy because you're 'hearing' this creepy bass line play out, but are just barely aware of it. Good for playing in a dark room.