I'm a huge fan of old Hammer produced horror films. I'm also a huge fan of dark 60's/70's occult themed rock music. I also love a good female-fronted band. So really it only makes sense that Blood Ceremony are one of my new favorite bands.
Living With The Ancients is the second album from Toronto based Blood Ceremony and I have to be perfectly honest that when I first heard them three or four years ago I immediately assumed they were British. They do such a fantastic job of conjuring up images of foggy English moors where lurk various creatures of the night and ancient pagan deities that I'm probably not the only one who made this assumption. Their sound hearkens back to a time when rock bands were first openly dabbling in occult themes so it makes sense that they label themselves "occult rock". It fits. Really though they are a fantastic amalgamation of doom metal, psych rock and stoner rock. The guitar playing alone owes a great debt to Black Sabbath (what band doesn't really?) but you throw in organ, flute (yes!), a beautifully dark female voice, and the occasional trippy Ritchie Blackmore inspired interlude and you have a very unique musical entity that on occasion defies labels.
At the end of the day though there is a reason Blood Ceremony falls under the broad banner of "metal" and they would be extremely at home sharing a stage with bands like Ghost, Graveyard, Witchcraft and even someone a bit heavier such as Electric Wizard or Ramsses. They would probably also be just as at home scoring some of those classic Hammer horror films from back in the day. This album is absolutely recommended for fans of any of the aforementioned bands or musical styles.