The Best Band in New Mexico is Void Ritual

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Back in August we asked you to help us find the best unsigned bands in America. After listening to hundreds of submissions, we finally narrowed down our pick for the most Enchanted state in the union! The best band in New Mexico is Void Ritual.

It’s hard for me to pick my least favorite aspect of New Mexico. I’m not sure if it’s the alarmingly high rate of violent crime, the mediocre state of infrastructure, the dire grip of alcoholism on the state’s populace, or the grim, living reminders of white Americans’ genocidal atrocities against Native Americans. You’d think that all of that squalor would produce the sort of hopelessly bereft emotional state conducive to crafting convincing art.

As it turns out, you’d be right! New Mexico was one of the hardest states for our judges to crown a victor because all of the choices were of such excellent caliber. However, after a vicious brouhaha that nearly resulted in a certain pumpkin baby being turned into pumpkin baby bread, we ultimately came to our senses and declared our loyalty to Void Ritual. What sets these Albuquerque heretics apart from the other unwashed masses of the New Mexico wastes? Expert songcraft, of course!

Those engaging Void Ritual will find blistering, unrepentant black metal with tremolo riffs more jagged than Sandia peak, vocals more desolate than the atomic desert of White Sands, and talent deeper than the Carlsbad Caverns. Songs flow seamlessly from slower, spiritual passages to visceral volcanic blasts with nary a hitch or odd note to be found. The entirety of Holodomor is beautiful and utterly enchanting. For this reason, we name Void Ritual the best unsigned band in New Mexico.

Here’s what some other chumps had to say:

Stockhausen: “Void Ritual’s searing brand of unforgiving black metal looks you straight in the eye as it stabs you in the guts. The heavy, yet razor sharp production wiggles the knife around, and… you know what? I’m going to stop forcing the knife analogies. I’m listening to this EP for the third time, and it just rules, plain and simple. I’m going to listen to it a whole bunch more and judge you if you don’t.”

Joe Thrashnkill: “Void Ritual’s Holodomor takes you on a trip through hell. No, not the hokey Pitchforks n’ SatanLand that metal cheekily celebrates. Instead, experience the hell on Earth that can only be perpetrated by humans. Have some light reading while exploring the horror.”

Be sure to check Void Ritual out on Bandcamp and be sure to tell them hello on Facebook.

 

Honorable Mention[H]ohm – The gnarliest of noise/doom – Bandcamp.


The Toilet ov Hell is on an absurd quest to find the best unsigned band in each state of this glorious union. The purpose? To shine the spotlight on bands that deserve more exposure. Also, we’re going to determine once and for all the greatest state in the nation. Each state winner is decided by a collection of 25 judges. After we’ve announced the winner of each state, we’re gonna throw them all in a winner-take-all bracket and leave the votes up to you. Who will be the best unsigned band in the United States? Which state is superior? We can’t wait to find out.

Previous winners:

Alabama — Phylum
Alaska — Terraform
Arizona – Take Over And Destroy
Arkansas – Torii
California – Destroy Judas
Colorado – The Sleer
Connecticut – Autumn’s Eyes
Delaware – Sloss
Florida – Capracide
Georgia – Lost Hours
Hawaii – Darkest Path
Idaho – Rotten Hand
Illinois – Deus Ex
Indiana – Thorr-Axe
Iowa – Blizzard at Sea
Kansas – Bummer
Kentucky – Ad Infinitum
Louisiana – Withering Light
Maine – Sylvia
Maryland – Bereave
Massachusetts – Scaphism
Michigan – Blackgate
Minnesota – Noble Beast
Mississippi – Jared Moran (Yzordderrex/Uzumaki)
Missouri – Existem
Montana – Martriden
Nebraska – Borealis
Nevada – Elephant Rifle
New Hampshire – Eerie
New Jersey – Black Table

(Photo VIA)

  • Dagon

    https://instagram.com/p/1bFs-CR5o4/

    I need this in my life

  • Dagon

    Void Ritual is great. Holodomor is a top notch album, couldn’t believe they were unsigned.

  • Tyree

    Good band that is one guy. Unrelenting and blasting black metal that holds your attention. Definitely check out their recent split with Barshasketh too.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2HyR0n8JIM

    • Worth noting: Tyree wrote about Holodomor waaaaay back in the days when we didn’t know how to center Bandcamp embeds.
      http://www.toiletovhell.com/getting-laid-at-bandcamp-part-2/

      • Tyree

        It’s embarrassing looking back at my terrible/short write-ups. Not that it’s still not embarrassing now. It’s more embarrassing that I’m lazy and don’t write at all anymore.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          I just mentioned to our boy the Doctor that you hadn’t written anything for a bit and that I missed your stories. A GLAB would be killer since I’m going to be home looking for work for the foreseeable future, lol

      • Dagon

        Oh so THAT is why I knew Void Ritual beforehand. I should have guessed.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          I’m voiding my ritual now.

          • Dr. Dubz

            Is that a euphemism for pooping?

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            It could be (voiding bowels, voiding rituals, boweling rituals) but I meant I was playing this band.

          • Tyree
          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Damn I still need to see this one.

          • Tyree

            Seriously. Watch this scene. TOTAL MIND FUCK!

          • Tyree

            But, yes. WATCH THIS MOVIE.

    • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan

      had to replay it over….I couldn’t hear it over my clothes falling off.

      – Ashley Leahy, 1 year ago

  • J.R.

    Sandia! White Sands! Carlsbad!
    Man I hate you for making me miss Albuquerque so. We lived at the foothills of the Monzanos…and sure the crime was high and the highways were crumbling…but the high altitude sunset painting that mountain in ethereal light nearly made it worth it.

    • Dr. Dubz

      I lived in Albuquerque for a summer. I wouldn’t move back, but I dig Santa Fe quite a bit.

      • J.R.

        I mean looking back I don’t think I would return either. Way too hot. Way too dry. But I transitioned from a boy to a slightly-older-boy there, so it has some heart space dedicated to it.

        • Dr. Dubz

          I did see Tool out at Rio Rancho.

          • more beer

            The town the witness relocation program built.

          • Dr. Dubz

            Really? I got the feeling it was all natives and white collar folk.

          • more beer

            That`s what I was told by a lot of native New Mexicans. There is a huge reservation and just north of there along highway 550 in Bernalillo. They do have a lot of residents that work at Intel. But my understanding is that witness protection is how it got started.

          • Dr. Dubz

            Very interesting. I don’t recall if I told you or not, but I helped engineer one of the Rail Runner stations.

          • more beer

            No you never told me that. But I will say that`s cool as hell. Mass transit in the land of enchantment has improved but still has a long way to go. One of my buddy`s there was trying to get me to come down for Mayhem today. But it`s at Red Rocks this year which sounds much more tempting than Isleta Casino. Plus one of my friends is good friends with Jungle Rot and they usually give her their entire guest list when they are in Colorado so there is that also.

          • Dr. Dubz

            I’ve actually never made it out to Red Rocks, but from everything I’ve heard, it’s probably the better choice. Supposed to be a magical venue.

          • more beer

            It would be my first show there and that is my understanding also. I have seen both Slayer and King Diamond in the last year. But seeing King Diamond there just seems like a no brainer. I have driven all through the area where it is for work and it is beautiful around there to say the least.

    • Stockhausen

      I lived in Gallup for six year. It is the dry, crusty butthole of New Mexico.

      • more beer

        That`s a pretty horrible town.

  • That track is slamming!

    GL

  • The Beargod

    It pleases me how [H]ohm doesn’t even have working links to it.
    HAHAHAHAHAJAJAJAJHAHAHAHAKHÄHÄHÄHÄÄ!

    • pssst… scroll over it.

      • The Beargod

        Nothing?

        • Dr. Dubz

          Click bandcamp

          • The Beargod

            That’s what I said. N-O-T-H-I-N-G
            Not on the name, not on the BC.

          • IT’S THERE I PROMISE.

          • Guacamole Jim

            It’s there – can verify.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Beargod is just drunk again.

          • /slams a bottle of blood pressure pills

          • Dr. Dubz

            Let’s all take turns punching Karhu in the chest.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            I would love to take part in this!

          • Dr. Dubz

            Tapirs don’t have fists, but you could headbutt him.

          • The Beargod

            But that would, like, hurt, man.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Become an eunuch like me! No more pain down there.

          • The Beargod

            But I really like my dingadangle. And all the cool stuff it does.

          • KJM

            Kick in the junk!

          • The Beargod

            I DON’T EVEN DRINK (on mondays)!

          • The Beargod

            Found it on Computer. Not on mobile.

          • The Beargod

            Ok, I tried on computer and it seems to work. Strange.

          • KJM

            Click on the word ‘bandcamp’ ya silly ol bear.

    • Dr. Dubz

      POOP!

  • Tyree
  • Tyree

    Hey. New Dopethrone album is streaming and is available today for purchase. Holy fuck!

    https://dopethrone.bandcamp.com/album/hochelaga-3

    • TheRedman(formerly God ov All)

      Fuck. 4 days till payday.

      • Tyree

        Same.

  • Sir Tapir the Based

    This sounds like a good, but me digs [H]ohm a bit more

    • Do Finns inherently hate grammar or are budget cuts getting to imaginary schools too?

      • Sir Tapir the Based

        “Sounds like a good” is something that my friend used to say in school. I tend to use it sometimes.

      • The Beargod

        Imagine it’s correct. That’s what we do.

      • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan

        at my school you can, Swear, Play music Professionally, drink and A LOT more effed up stuff….my school is effed

        -Makoto, 2 months ago

  • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan

    this is almost as good as tits and bacon. Almost.

    – Sophie Grover, 1 month ago

    • KJM

      Nothing is that good.

  • Groovy.

  • Big Poppa Penis Pump

    Damn, this one definitely hits the ground running! 9.5/10 tendies to this unstoppable NM killing machine!

    http://www.scifinow.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/kaijutumblr_mbal6mEeeg1r18hyjo1_500.gif

  • thexenosapien

    Don’t know if these guys were on the list of nominations but Fields of Elysium from Santa Fe are pretty sick.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDBnzVpNxFI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9Ax3a_5poI

  • *off topic* has anyone watched House of Cards? We just finished all three seasons the other night. I was wonder what peoples opinions of the show were?

    • GL. Join the Facebook group. It’s meant for discussions like that.

        • Several folks have created a dummy account just for this so they don’t have to deal with family and coworkers and stuff. It seems to work for them.

          • I must stand with my principles. Even though it pangs me to do so.

            GL

          • JWG

            I am in the same boat.

            Fortunately we’re NOT going to need a bigger boat…

          • KJM

            Same here, won’t do it, not even under a fake name.

          • Guest

            I second that. Screw fb

          • Jointsalot

            I won’t either. Screw fb

          • Seconded. Or…fourthed.

          • Lacertilian

            I resisted for ages too, but I think you should do as @joethrashnkill:disqus says and get it fharc’n done.

        • GL, pls. Make a GL account and come to the group. plox.

  • Roswell, Nueva Venezuela.

    AYY EL MÍO!

  • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

    ..

    • Dr. Dubz

      The skrimp digs it?

      • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

        Indeed I do.

        • Oh good. I thought you were projectile pooping onto Void Ritual from your mouthparts.

          • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

            It sure would take a lot of effort to projectile poop a shovel.

          • I’m no crustaceologist, but I bet you could do it.

          • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

            Just give me about 10 liters of peach juice.

          • Big Poppa Penis Pump
          • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

            This pleases me.

          • Dr. Dubz

            I’m going to try to make this happen. Will capture on film if possible.

          • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

            It better end up being the next toilet thursday opening story thing.

          • You’re a doctor now, so I expect greatness.

          • Big Poppa Penis Pump

            Tosh.O will forever be grateful to you!

    • Big Poppa Penis Pump

      Ohhhhhhh, now I see the shovel! I thought you were sticking your shrimp-dick in a pile of poop.

  • HessianHunter

    EVERY1 LISTEN TO [H]OHM PLS
    K THNX Y’ALL

    • The Beargod

      …And Then There Was Silence.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    This shit is the shit.

  • JWG

    It is NM of which Gary Johnson is former governor, right?

    If so I have to give it praise for being the source of what/who will probably be the biggest thorn in the side of Rand Paul this election cycle. Hopefully the opportunity is not squandered by the media, nor is the opportunity for observers to mine for comedy gold.

    • KJM

      Huhuhuhuhuhuh…He said “johnson”…huhuhuhuhuhuh…

    • What a wild year it’s been.

      • JWEG

        Well, at least I was sort of prescient, though slightly misdirected.

  • Tyree
  • Celtic Frosty

    The mind behind Void Ritual is on Twitter at @Dan_Goat_Wrath. He’s a cool dude who has several other projects – one of them is obviously called Goat Wrath.

    • Lacertilian

      but..is it really obvious?

  • Void Ritual:

    Listen the album. Pure blasty black merol.

    Also, read this to know about the meaning of the title, if you haven’t checked it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holodomor

    Woah.

  • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

    These guys rule!

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

    “Holodomor.” -Holodomor

  • Lacertilian

    Woah! This is the right kind of cranky.

  • Sacritastic

    Dont´t make a google picture search for Holodomor if you want to sleep.