Ravage Ritual have been bringing their musical terror since 2011, hailing from Finland they bring their unique style of True Northern Holy Terror. Their appearance on Ieper Hardcore Fest 2018 led them to the H8000 area and with a brand new EP XVIII to be released that same day it was time to meet up with vocalist Timi and guitar player Nord to unravel some of the mysteries that Ravage Ritual is shrouded in.
Welcome to Ieperfest, first time here?
Timi: Actually yeah, for me.
Nord: I've been here once but never played before
In the middle of H8000 territory, a sound that Ravage Ritual can appreciate?
Nord: Yes. Some of the bands that this area has given birth have served us as an influence throughout the band’s existence.
And today also serves as a releaseshow for your new EP XVIII. What may we expect from your latest creation?
Nord: It's kind of the end of one era that we started with the Higher Power LP. It’s the seal of this period. Three tracks of crushing heavy metallic hardcore with the cold touch of the north.
You worked with Powertrip Records for the digital release?
Nord: Yes. They are going to co-release the 7” with Unquiet Records later this year.
Ravage Ritual creates negative hardcore, Northern Holy Terror as to say. What would be your response if asked, what is Holy Terror exactly?
Timi: I think it has more to do with the ideology than the music itself. To me it's being able to see the destruction going on in the world and rising above it. To me it’s just interesting how human race is so talented in it in so many levels.
The original spiritual leaders of Holy Terror has been Integrity and it happens to be that you've toured with them last year. How did this come by?
Nord: Our greatest supporter and collaborator Stateless Society booked those dates for us. It was an honor to tour with the band that has influenced your musical visions so much. It was really powerful experience.
Your worldview is clearly expressed within the lyrics and style of Ravage Ritual. Apocalyptic, dark and desperate negative hardcore. Is there still hope for humanity or are we already doomed?
Timi: I think that mankind is already pretty much fucked. I might not be the one to tell but for me it's kind of hard to see our ways to change for the better in such a way that would secure the future for humanity. We live in a world that people seem to be passionate to destroy both physically and spiritually.. I just try to enjoy the world as it lasts and live somewhat responsibly.
Today is part of a two day European tour, Ieperfest today and tomorrow Özzfest in Germany. Any other upcoming tours scheduled?
Timi: We have two shows with Harm's Way coming up back in Finland. Otherwise we hope to be back recording soon again. After the shows we will start writing an start the circle again.
For the EP MXVIII you've teamed up with designer Razoreater, a well known name within artwork for darker sounding bands (Amenra, Oathbreaker,...). Was he your favored designer for Ravage Ritual?
Nord: Razoreater is a long time friend of us. He has designed our album coverarts since Soul Eater and he is a great artist. He has always had deep vision of our music and we’ve been more than pleased working with him.
Ravage Ritual is from Seinäjoki, Finland, being part of the Finnish scene, how do you feel about your country's scene and any recommendations?
Nord: The scene is small but active. It’s mainly based on bigger cities of Finland, Helsinki, Tampere, Turku etc. As Ravage Ritual, being from the small town without scene at all already makes us outcasts. The hardcore scene of Finland still has already quite long legacy. Fullhouse Records has 20 years of history releasing records, and bands like St.Hood and Cutdown still continues carrying the legacy. There are also few active independent label’s and promoters. Circuit Breaker Bookings takes care of that there’s shows to go and also brings bands over the borders. From newer bands I’d recommend Gray State, young dudes playing furious 90s edgemetal influenced heavy music.
Timi: I’m not sure if I have ever felt part of the Finnish hardcore scene. I know some people that I see at our shows and they are nice people to hang with but there’s also lots of people full of shit. I just happen to be in a band thats somehow to related to the scene. To recommend something I´d say Judas Chair Collective operate some nice things from time to time, such as Long Gone, Vegas and Gray state.
Any last words?
Nord: Thank you for the interview.
Timi: Thank you