Burial Ritual is a death metal band formed in 2005 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Burial Ritual have created a unique blend of old school, early nineties inspired death metal with a powerful modern delivery. They have taken a unique approach on their blend of death metal via the old school inspired sounds from the early 90’s meshed with a modern delivery.
Burial Ritual’s debut full-length release, "Tower of Silence" was recorded with Joel Wanasek of JTW Recording Studio and self-released in 2009. The album was widely hailed by critics and brought positive reviews across the board. The band received praise as a highly sought after death metal band that gave a nostalgic feel to that of an earlier era in death metal. Burial Ritual strays from the saturation of technical death metal to bring listeners a much-needed fan favorite throwback to earlier years. It was the success of "Tower of Silence" that allowed the band to begin traveling the United States with their first nationwide tour in 2010 which also kept them on road in 2011.
In 2012, Burial Ritual partnered up with JTW Recording Studios once again for their sophomore release, "Exterminating the Masses". This album allowed the band to further develop their lyrical content. This transition would deviate from the typical blood and gore infested themes, to those of societal horrors, corruption and conspiracy. The album was praised for it’s production values and song structuring which prevailed positive acclaim by critics and fans. The band followed up with subsequent touring in 2012 and 2013 in support of “Exterminating the Masses”. This milestone marked a new era for Burial Ritual and ripened their evolution.
After completing live and promotional efforts for their second album, the band hit the studio to work on what would become their most accomplished album to date. Released in 2015, “Genocidal Theory” brought the band's new evolutionary path to fruition when Burial Ritual joined forces with Chris Wisco of Belle City Sound (Origin, Gorgasm, Jungle Rot). The production on “Genocidal Theory” gave a new and distinct sound that was matched with the intensity the band was aiming to portray. The album includes guest vocals from Shaun LaCanne of Putrid Pile on the title track, proving to be a great addition to an already impressive track listing.
With the release of “Genocidal Theory”, Burial Ritual took their live performances to the next level in order to match the intensity and acclaim the album was receiving. Fans took note to the live performances as the band's fan base and overall growth steadily increased giving them a strong foothold in the genre. In 2015, the band hit the road in support of the release and were back at it heading west in 2016, including a slot in the Las Vegas Death Fest.
Burial Ritual is kicking off the new year with a new and improved line up that is sure to be more brutal than they have ever been. The band is currently writing their fourth album (yet to be titled), and are looking at a possible release near the end of the year. With a new album in the works and a new line up, there is definitely some touring on the horizon, to include a brand new stage show.
Fans of bands like Suffocation, Deicide, and Obituary should look to add Burial Ritual to their collection.
2016 & 2017 WAMI Award Nominee - Best Metal Band - Wisconsin Area Music Industry