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Rituals of the Oak - Hour of Judgement


Released: November 2009

Format: CD & 2-LP

Limitation:
CD - undisclosed
2-LP "Stonehenge Edition" - 55 copies (Die Hard)
2-LP "Heathen Sky Edition" - 180 copies (dark blue)
2-LP "Black Earth Edition" - undisclosed (black)

Additional Information:

Rituals of the Oak formed in late 2008, and hail from Sydney, Australia. Drawing inspiration mostly from epic & classic Doom Metal bands such as Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus, Pagan Altar, Warning, Solstice, and Black Sabbath, the band released a well-acclaimed 2-track demo CD-R in early 2009 which brought them in contact with us, and we signed them on the spot.

On their debut album Rituals of the Oak play an epic kind of traditional Doom Metal with a melancholic edge that hints of their main influences as well as Reverend Bizarre, their fellow label mates The Wandering Midget and perhaps Lord Vicar and The Gates Of Slumber in their pensive moments. However, due to the excellent vocals of Sabine fans of female fronted bands such as Mourn, Jex Thoth or The River will probably dig "Hour of Judgement" as well.

The vinyl version of this album has been specifically mastered for vinyl and comes as strictly limited
double LP with packaging of the highest quality - heavy 350g Gatefold jacket, thick 280g cardboard inner sleeves and heavy, coloured 180g vinyls with etching on side d.

Tracklist:

I. Hour of Judgement
II. Drown the Wood in Blood
III. Standing in the House of Suffering
IV. Childhood's End
V. The Spell of Doom

www.myspace.com/ritualsoftheoak




Reviews:

www.cosmiclava.com (in English)
doommetalfront.blogspot.com (in German): 9/10
www.heavyhardes.de
(in German): 5/6
www.hellridemusic.com (in English)
www.lordsofmetal.nl (in English): 80/100
www.metal-district.de (in German): 9/10
www.metalglory.de (in German): 8.5/10
www.metalperspective.com (in English): 8/10
www.metalreviews.com (in English): 78/100
www.metal-temple.com (in English): 4/5
www.obliveon.de (in German): 9/10
www.powermetal.de (in German): 8.5/10
Rock Hard Mag #272 (in German): 8.5/10
www.stonerrock.com (in English)
www.stormbringer.at (in German): 4.5/5
www.the-pit.de (in German): 9.5/10


T-Shirt & Patch of the DIE HARD:

The patch has the band logo in white on black background.

The shirts are available in the following colours, all with black front & back print. Due to the strict limitation we have less than a handful of copies of each size in the respective colour so be sure to order your copy as soon as it is listed in the shop!

Colours
(click for pics):
black | light graphite | heather grey
purple | burgundy | bottle green

Close-ups of the etched records:
(both appear lighter due to flashlight)
Stonehenge Edition (dark green/black marble)
Heathen Sky Edition (dark blue)

Sizes:
XL | L | M

Notes:
For some strange reason the purple shirts appear blue unless viewed with a graphic program. Still, the shirts are definitely purple and NOT blue.

On the pic the black shirts appear blank. That's because the print is also black. They have the same print as all other shirts.