Posted in metal | music | pictures on December 13, 2011

by BBG

Impetuous Ritual
Rites of Darkness

Rites of Darkness 2011 closed out on Sunday 12/11 with a somber and powerful set from melodic death-doomers Mournful Congregation (we premiered a song from their new LP) who toured the West Coast with the like-minded Aldebaran and Anhedonist. Compared to the other days, Sunday focused more on the slow-and-heavy side of things with Anatomia and Pallbearer (both bands of the doom ilk) also on the bill.

There were exceptions though. Mitochondrian, Vasaeleth, Ignivomous and Cruciamentum all focused on the death metal side of things while Ares Kingdom stayed true to blackened thrash (they also played the pre-fest). The clear standout on Sunday was Impetuous Ritual who, while doused in blood, played seemingly formless death metal with frightening accuracy and power. It was a ritual indeed, and one made for conjuring the dark spirits.

Despite the heavy drama, the rumors, the devastating cancellations, poor communication, the changes/lack of set times, the overall turnout, the garbage food and close to no options to the contrary (only nachos and hot dogs on site), and the bands that flew to the US without a flight home, Rites of Darkness III featured some of the most impressive performances of the year from bands across the globe. Favorite moments include the incendiary Antaeus, the thunderous slow-crawl of Anatomia, the stage-dives and moshing during the great Midnight, the charismatic and fantastic Adorior, the soothing melodicism of Mournful Congregation, evil incarnate from Impetuous Ritual, and Ignivomous's set closer of "World Eater" by Bolt Thrower. We'll see if it happens next year.

If you missed it, check out pictures and reviews from day 1 and day 2, and then check out more pictures from the final day at Rites of Darkness (I missed Vasaeleth unfortunately, though I did catch their set at the pre-fest), below...

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Comments (70)

this is just sad

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 11:12 AM

LOLLOLLOLLOL

OMG.....(wipes tears from eyes) is this shit real, dude?!?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 11:16 AM

^ What's sadder? Playing music that some people can enjoy while enjoying themselves, or sitting at your computer hopelessly diggin through this site making comments that don't matter?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 11:19 AM

for the love of god stop covering irrelevant white boy black shirt masculine metal. this shit is offensively stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 11:23 AM

they should call this "Sam Ash Employee Battle of the Bands 2011."

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 11:26 AM

I can almost smell the sadness just from the pictures

Posted by AnonHUMMUS | December 13, 2011 11:40 AM

what's wrong with these people?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 11:40 AM

I like to L.A.R.P

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 11:42 AM

11:40 (2nd)

that's what I ask myself every time I read BV comments.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 11:42 AM

dude needs a band-aid

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 11:44 AM

You lamos should come see my bed Slanderous Fibula at Europa next week. I'll tear you blogfags a new one with my fiery licks.

Until then!

- Taindor

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 11:44 AM

*band. I apologize for the misspelling. Come to Europa next week to accept my apologies, as well as a roundhouse kick to the scapula.

- Taindor

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 11:46 AM

The sausage in the first pic has unfortunately split his casing.....very poor technique.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 11:48 AM

11:42 (2nd): Zing!

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 11:48 AM

I live in my mom's basement and work in the kitchen at Olive Garden.

- Taindor

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 11:56 AM

Awesome, Thanks for the coverage

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 11:59 AM

It's only for three more weeks or until I get promoted to line cook, so screw off.

- Taindor (this is actually me)

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 11:59 AM

These people suck; but truth be told, I'd rather hang with this group of assholes than a bunch of hipster assholes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 12:01 PM

Even Aleister Crowley thinks these guys are embarrassing themselves.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 12:06 PM

@12:01 Your gay anyway, LOL

Posted by Kevin | December 13, 2011 12:09 PM

I borrow my mom's Scion on gig days.

-Taindor

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 12:15 PM

Guys, seriously stop imitating me. Go listen to your shitty Cure cassettes and get prepared for the ass-beating you're going to take at Europa next week. See you pansies then.

-Taindor

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 12:25 PM

12:09...and you're as gay as a French horn for writing "LOL".

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 12:36 PM

Should I paint my face for my gig next week or not? What do you guys think? Will I look more demonic or more Paul Stanley as Starchild?

-Taindor

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 12:41 PM

"It was a ritual indeed, and one made for conjuring the dark spirits.".....what a ginormous tool.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 12:46 PM

@12:36 French horns arnt gay if you know how to play it propally, besides your mom is gayer then that LOL go home and cry about it, hahhaha

Posted by Kevin | December 13, 2011 12:48 PM

i was at the show and the guitar player threw a pick into the audience. there was a mad scramble and i got it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 12:53 PM

I don't see what's so wrong with these bands, their aesthetic, or their music. They're making stuff they like for people who like it too, it all serms mighty fine to me. I'll admit this isn't precisely my cup of tea (with the exception of Mournful Congregation) but there must be something to it if these people love it so intensely. To quote a great man, "don't criticize what you can't understand."

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 1:27 PM

Oh i understand it all right. I understand how stupid it is.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 1:39 PM

^ Very true, but...

"To quote a great man, "don't criticize what you can't understand.""


BVers/hipsters/trendies will criticize anyway because it makes them feel better about themselves by compensating for their vapid lives. Douchey indeed, but there's the explanation for why they do so.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 1:42 PM

I don't know what is worse, this or the Sufjan Stevens neon thing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 1:44 PM

"BVers/hipsters/trendies will criticize anyway because it makes them feel better about themselves by compensating for their vapid lives. "

And resorting to covering yourself in blood on stage and performing music to "conjure the dark spirits" isn't vapid?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 1:49 PM

bunch of grown men playing fantasy & dress up. It's a god damn shame.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 1:49 PM

wow, whats the average age of human on most of these negative forum comments, and what do these kids enjoy listening to instead? Anatomia would eat you alive, akira style, and Midnight will always be cooler than you, children.

Posted by Anon | December 13, 2011 1:50 PM

"Anatomia would eat you alive"


all the hyperbole in the world, won't change the fact that this scene is for a bunch of misfits and losers. grow up assholes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 2:01 PM

i love the Misfits.

..and 'hyperbole' is a pretty big word for all you basement dwellers isn't it?

im done now. metal rules, your music sucks. goodbye.

Posted by Anon | December 13, 2011 2:08 PM

Such a great time all around. Four days of complete mayhem that some of you hipsters may not understand.

Cheers to those who made it out and who stuck with it. It was truly memorable.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 2:10 PM

DID SOMEBODY HURT THEMSELVES & ITS LIKE WHEN YOU PUT ON EYELINER AND THAT BLACK LINE FOOTBALL PLAYERS DO BUT YOU START TO CRY FOR WHATEVER REPRESSED REASON - DAVID SANDERSON

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 2:24 PM

Our next larping adventure will be next Tuesday behind the library. Foam swords are fine but please no wooden ones as they can be dangerous.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 2:24 PM

"And resorting to covering yourself in blood on stage and performing music to "conjure the dark spirits" isn't vapid?"


It is entertainment, presenting an image on stage and therefore art, which is purely subjective. What you may dislike, others themselves may like. Describing that as vapid isn't an absolute.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 2:25 PM

You guys want to see pathetic? Click on the post with the pictures of Liam Gallagher. Holy shit. I'll take the fake blood and the spikes and I like my sausage with mustard.

Come down to Austin for Chaos in Tejas and I'll buy you shit talkers a beer.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 2:32 PM

Hell yeah! That's what I'm talking about. I'm trying to book my band, Slanderous Fibula, at CIT.

- Taindor

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 2:48 PM

The new Beavis & Butthead can rage to this.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 3:02 PM

I smell like failure and unlimited bread sticks.

-Taindor

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 3:05 PM

12:48...everything French is gay. You must be a Frenchman, or at least French descent. And yes, my Mom's so gay...she could steal your girlfriend from you if you could ever get one.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 3:09 PM

@3:09 Im gonna poop right in your mouth. Or pinch a log off into your right nostril.

Posted by Kevin | December 13, 2011 3:20 PM

I was friends with some metal heads in high school. And you know what? Underneath all of the black leather, makeup and pentagrams they were the most cuddly in-touch with their own emotions human males I've ever met.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 3:20 PM

Metalheads please stop playing make believe and deliver my pizza all ready!

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 3:29 PM

It's "already", you cretin.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 3:32 PM

Yuppie Hipsters... its funny how any of them are able to criticize anything

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 3:44 PM

Do you think 'Taindor' wears spikes when he is working at Olive Garden?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 3:46 PM

Fuck you 'Anonymous', you don't have to wear spikes to be heavy as hell.

- Taindor

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 3:52 PM

Brooklyn Vegan should stop covering metal. People are just too fucking uptight for it. Fuck all of you.

"If your tastes are too sophisticated to enjoy anything so common and lowbrow, you'd be better off over at Pitchfork Media, gushing over whatever freak-folk psych retro bullshit they're pimping this week.
Have a burger" -Aesop Dekker.

Posted by herap | December 13, 2011 4:12 PM

dude with the tattoos on his neck and hands is so fucking badass!

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 4:40 PM

You gotta love these acts playing it oldies-style...my grandfather tells me a lot about the metal scene in the late 70's...those must have been great times all those years ago...

Posted by nygrump | December 13, 2011 4:42 PM

Great pictures mate.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 7:01 PM

BV, it's Mitochondrion, not Mitochondrian. Are any bands still stranded in San Antonio?

Impetuous Ritual slayed all.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 1:33 AM

No its Miteschondrian, Vaginasaeleth, Ignoramousivomous and Cruciamemento's. Thats sophisticated now isnt it.

Another order of bread sticks please.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 2:45 AM

ALL 'ANONYMOUS' H8TERRS HAVE VAGINAS WHERE THEIR MOUTHS USED TO BE. It's gross. Plus their mouthginas are indeed very sexually active!
Commenting hatred on these posts is like whining and complaining about the douchey nightclub that you wait in line all night to possibly/hopefully be allowed to enter after paying a $30 cover and then $30 per caulktail w/ absolutely no chance at poontang (you don't even try to talk to any poontang, just stand around with your bros hating on all the douchebags pulling all the poontang). I hope that one day you all can find something to believe in. Until then please continue to out yourselves 'anonymously' as the pathetic basement fappers that you are.
xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
p.s. Taindor <3 you (no homo no troll)
middle fingers for everyone

Posted by Adam Murray | December 14, 2011 6:03 AM

What's hummus? Never heard of it. We don't serve it at Olive Garden.


-Taindor

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 7:06 AM

Why do we cover ourselves in blood, distort our guitars beyond the limits of human hearing, and belch into a microphone? So YOU don't come to our shows. Glad to hear normal people still hate this shit. It was a great weekend in Texas.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 5:21 PM

^^Hahaha....you steamed sausages are too much.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 8:06 PM

This "for the love of god stop covering irrelevant white boy black shirt masculine metal" has to be the most uninformed comment on black metal I have ever read. I'd like to thank Brooklyn Vegan for covering what the rest of these trend loving(ironic, hipster, trust fund kids seem to hate. Wish I could have been in Texas for the festival.

Posted by Nicholas Hall | December 14, 2011 9:02 PM

This "for the love of god stop covering irrelevant white boy black shirt masculine metal" has to be the most uninformed comment on black metal I have ever read. I'd like to thank Brooklyn Vegan for covering what the rest of these trend loving(ironic, hipster, trust fund kids seem to hate. Wish I could have been in Texas for the festival.

Posted by Nicholas Hall | December 14, 2011 9:02 PM

Next year they should have a euthanasia station.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 9:07 PM

Regarding all of the "loser" comments: For what it's worth, a good deal of the most ardent fans I met up front at the festival were graduate students in respectable fields. It would also be nice if there was some genuine criticism in these comments, and not just people crudely lambasting music they clearly know nothing about with tired non-insults.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2011 4:48 PM

If you wanna be crudely hamblasted, come to Europa next week.

-Taindor

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2011 5:01 PM

I'm glad you enjoyed my John Gossard Memorial Tag on the deck outside enough to photograph it.

Posted by Grey Goat | October 3, 2012 4:12 PM

rites of darkness is amazing

Posted by jordon | August 10, 2013 3:06 PM

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