Ritual Eulogy is a Mount Vernon, OH based metalcore outfit that recently has undergone a rebranding of sorts.
Their former identity, Bear Your Cross, was nothing to sneeze at. Yet, Ritual Eulogy carries a weight you simply must pay attention to. Michael Houck’s vocals are at their most brutal. Quite honestly, I don’t listen to as much in the metal realm as I used to, but this EP makes me wish I listened to heavy music more often. Why? Quite simply, because Ritual Eulogy are good at executing their genre. There’s a very specific breakdown in “Tomb” where I found myself half-hardcore dancing on my couch and punching a cushion.
Like that visual? Find it funny? Well, I just gave you incentive to listen to this EP more.
In all seriousness though, there are many ways you can take the title of the EP—I Was You, You Will Be Me. Having had several in depth conversations with frontman Michael Houck over the past couple of years, I can make some educated guesses on what some meanings might be, but I won’t make any claims. Though Houck has been through hell and back in recent years, this album should be malleable to the listener’s story. Or if they just want to throwdown to some metal, that’s fine too.
This EP is very easy to digest. It’s five songs long, and all but one clock in under three minutes long. Each song is deeply personal, yet the they seem to take some time to have some fun. Nothing like hearing “Pick it up!” or “Move!” to get that adrenaline going, right before Houck begins to pour out his heart.
One thing I appreciate about this EP is how Houck displays the tension between his struggles and faith. It’s an expression of frustration, lament, and anger while at the same time clinging to convictions. Though I Was You, You Will Be Me is the band’s darkest release by far, the level of conviction displayed is unwavering.
Please take a portion of your day to dive into this. I guarantee you’ll either get pumped up or find something to relate to.