Fans of heavy music, here is a treat: Taranaki’s Infinity Ritual release their new single Earthdriver. It’s hard to pin down their sound, but the band describe it as a groove metal wall of noise, with solid doses of rock, doom and stoner rock.
Here’s the blurb:
Infinity Ritual vocalist/guitarist Adam Colless says of the song, “‘Earthdriver’ is about the contemplation of existence. The anxiety of dealing with the reality of living in the world and coming to accept that we are all on one giant spaceship hurtling through space. So don’t be anxious – enjoy the ride”
‘Earthdriver’ began as two different riff-heavy songs which eventually merged to create one monster. The recording process for ‘Earthdriver’ (and the whole EP) started with drums alone. It was a new approach for Rhythm Ace’s studio maestro Sam Johnson, as he had to wait for the layers to be added over subsequent sessions to discover what the song was going to become.
In October, Infinity Ritual join Beastwars, Shepherd’s Reign and more as part of New Plymouth’s mighty Reign Of The Beast lineup, celebrating Beastwars’ new mind-melting album of Aotearoa covers, Tyranny of Distance.
Jumping to November, Infinity Ritual will be playing shows to celebrate the release of their own new EP, ‘II’.
The Reign of The Beast
Saturday October 14, Lost Arts Events, 69 Devon St West, New Plymouth
Beastwars + Shepherds Reign + Infinity Ritual + Gatekeepers + Shed
Infinity Ritual ‘II’ release party at Vinyl Countdown
Friday November 3, Vinyl Countdown, 109 Devon St West, New Plymouth from 7pm
Infinity Ritual will play the EP live in store, and ‘II’ will be available on limited edition coloured vinyl (1st 100 copies numbered and signed), CD and via streaming platforms.
Infinity Ritual ‘II’ release show
Friday November 17, Our Place, 75 Devon Street East, New Plymouth
With Craig Radford of Sticky Filth – acoustic set
More bands to be announced.
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Mark Thomas may be familiar to music fans via his passion for vinyl. He currently owns Vinyl Countdown in New Plymouth, and used to own Real Groovy Wellington. He has a long history with record stores, and calls record collecting “a really healthy addiction.”
Infinity Ritual’s debut self-titled EP charted on b, and at no. 17 on the Official Top 40 Albums Chart, nestled between Bic Runga and Jack Harlow.
Thomas told The Taranaki Daily News, “It was quite amazing to see us at number 5 on New Zealand chart, but to be number 17 on the general top 40 was something I didn’t expect.”
Kev Rowland (Muzic.net.nz) said of the debut Infinity Ritual EP, “The four songs, 23 minutes in length, show a band who are bringing together groove metal with stoner, displaying plenty of bottom end with rich distortion. Opening number, ‘I’m Gone’, hits it hard right out of the gate with crunch everywhere…”