“Life is a Phase”
Grief Ritual released their debut EP ‘Life is a Phase’ within a few short months of forming. ‘
Caleb Newton of Captured Howls wrote that “Life is a Phase socks the listener in the gut whether they’re ready for it or not. The five tracks pack some truly brutal hardcore that veers into sonically unique territory without losing any of its impact”.
‘Life is a Phase’ is thirteen minutes of raw blackened hardcore that veers from place to place in the extreme metal spectrum. Taking in post-metal, black metal and grindcore, without ever feeling forced or uneven.
‘Life is a Phase’ quickly gained several positive reviews and was subsequently re-released as a limited edition of 50 cassettes by the Cardiff-based DIY label FHED in March 2019.
Following this Grief Ritual quickly sold out of their allocation of 25 tapes, and the EP continues to be popular on streaming platforms.
Captured Howls: “Life is a Phase socks the listener in the gut whether they’re ready for it or not. The five tracks pack some truly brutal hardcore that veers into sonically unique territory without losing any of its impact” – Caleb Newton
Devilshorns666.com: “Dark and Brooding. FFO: Converge, Dragged into Sunlight and Cursed” – DH
Dead Air At The Pulpit: “Grief Ritual offer up five tracks of vicious and brutal as fuck sounding hardcore, punk, metal, and crust. Life Is A Phase makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed” – Chris Morris
Musipedia of Metal: “This EP stretches its legs early, Recidivist hitting hard from the first note to the last, shouting and dirty riffs galore, Grief Ritual really know how to open up space, this will be a blast live” – Mark Skelton
Alexa O’Kane: “The EP as a whole is a harsh, but freeing beast of a collection of songs” – AOK
Indy Metal Vault: “Grief Ritual are a nasty proposition… A varied and dynamically-paced listen, their debut EP offers a lot of promise to build upon” – Nigel Holloway