Review by Alex on June 27, 2018.
Immediately; from the strike of the first drum note, Ritual Necromancy scatters the exhumed remains of those defiled. Could you imagine; just 3 tracks were able to construct and maintain a violent unforgiving atmosphere? Only 3 tracks were needed for Ritual Necromancy to show the listener just how many different ways they can deliver high dosages of evil each time.
The vocals of Justin Friday mercilessly swallows the listener and repaints the surroundings with filth and desolation, Adam Wheeler's guitar playing is flashy and spicy with heavy distortion and mesmerizing solos. The snare on Kevin Schreutelkamp's drums is just right; it doesn't get in the way, but instead acts as an agent which molds the elements together to thoroughly and successfully complete the ritual. The production is a step up from their 2011 full-length release Oath of the Abyss.
After hearing 'Command of the Sigil' which is a track off their upcoming full length to be released on Dark Descent Records sometime in May 2018 (as stated in a Facebook post by Dark Descent Records Owner; Matt Calvert); my anticipation shot through the ceiling. I have long awaited getting my hands on another full-length release by Ritual Necromancy since hearing Oath of the Abyss which was a decent full-length debut, but showcased room for improvement, particularly in the production department. Void Manifest does everything Oath of the Abyss did, but better; it also added to the formula a much heavier sound that I welcome. If this is a peek into Ritual Necromancy's upcoming 2018 album Disinterred Horror then I'm stoked.
Rating: 9.2 out of 10