Adoration Destroyed’s album Ritual Damage summons those who thrive in haunting vocals and twistedly sexy instrumentals. Each beat stimulates circulation as seductive lyrics awaken the pleasure nerves of the goth-rock genre.
“Here to Bleed” opens the floodgates of invigorating drums and intimate melodies. Covers of Til Tuesday’s “Voices Carry” and Marilyn Manson‘s “Coma White” seep an anti-conforming attitude into the body’s cellular structure. “Carnal Dirge” holds cutting mixes that lure the conscious into the underground world of desire while demanding to know inner needs and offers satisfaction in exchange. The record’s promiscuous sound and taunting theme make acceptance of suppressed urges liberating and natural. The rebelliousness of Ritual Damage captures human essence despite the confining masks we might wear.
Authentic goth exists in “Nothing Left” and demands acknowledgment with Cynical Existence’s support. The album closes with climactic beats that lead to the delectable remixes of 16 Volt and Mr.Kitty, “Here to Bleed” and “In Elegant Decay.”
Ritual Damage is the substance of dark rock. It’s the wanton parts of us screaming for exposure and the soundtrack of our appetites for unbridled existence.