September 12, 2021 – UK dark industrial act, THE ROYAL RITUAL has unveiled the first single from their forthcoming debut album, ‘Martyrs’.
The first single from the album, “Pews In A Pandemic,” is a direct response to the hypocrisy of the megachurch culture in the USA, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
THE ROYAL RITUAL is the brainchild of renowned producer/sound designer, David Lawrie. “Pews In A Pandemic,” contains rich soundscapes as well as foley elements that combine to replace the function of typical elements. For example, instead of a snare drum, Lawrie uses an intriguing blend of gunshots mixed with steel barrels and hydrophonic recordings.
Many synthetic elements of the song were actually crafted from sampling recorded elements and manipulating them into synthetic instruments. This “meta” approach lends itself to the B-Side of the “Pews…” single – a cover of Phildel’s “Glide Dog” – where the original song was analyzed by a wavetable synthesizer and used as an element throughout The Royal Ritual’s version – a vast departure from the sparseness of Phildel’s original arrangement, into a much heavier, industrial affair.
The single is available in digital format as well as in a limited, engraved wooden USB which contains additional material.
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