The Deadhouse

Stereo Terror: JxV – Ritual


Release DateYear
2018
Track Listing
1) Ritual
2) Trick x Treat
3) False Patriots
4) Devil’s Night feat. vxDEDxv
5) Bath Salt Zombies feat. SE Frank
6) Living Dead
7) From The Plague We Come To An End
8) Noose

A sad reality of the horror music scene is that many bands come and go on a very frequent basis, with more bands releasing an album or two then disbanding then bands with a level of staying power. Sadly, the band formerly known as JasonXVoorhees, who changed their name to simply JXV before the release of what will now be the band’s swan song. Ritual may only be eight tracks long, but it hits like a ton of bricks.

The San Diego area band, consisting of founder and drummer Rikk Cavin, also contains Callen Winters and Devon Guerva on vocals, Lalo Gonzalez and Yako Droback on guitar and Jacob Gallardo on bass, come heavy right out the gate with the opening title track. The band’s mix of hardcore, horrorpunk and straight edge ethos gives us a unique sound in the genre, in some ways similar to what bands like the previously reviewed Evil Brain Taste
or The Banner, but with their own spin. I’m not sure I could accurately compare the band’s sound with any other band that I know of, and this uniqueness is what helps set Ritual apart from the flood of other horrorpunk releases out today.

While the album has a consistently solid sound throughout, it is when you get to the fourth track, “Devil’s Night” that things pick up to another level. Far and away the best track on the album, there is damned near nothing about this track that doesn’t just hit in all the right places. The following track “Bath Salt Zombies” keeps up the pace but fails to live up to its predecessor. “Living Dead” goes off in another direction, which works and leads well into “From The Plague We Come To An End” which definitely reminded me of something you’d hear from The Banner, and I mean that in the highest regard as they are one of my favorite bands to this day.

Ritual is an interesting beast, and its sad to know that this is the bands final release, given the amount of growth and potential shown on this album. Who knows, maybe one day we will hear something new from JXV or perhaps part of the band splinters off into a new project. Either way, Ritual is a worthy send off for one of the more unique bands in the genre right now.

Pick up your copy of Ritual at the JXV Bandcamp page and be sure to throw a Like to the Official JXV Facebook page!
Killer Track
“Devils’s Night”

A sad reality of the horror music scene is that many bands come and go on a very frequent basis, with more bands releasing an album or two then disbanding then bands with a level of staying power. Sadly, the band formerly known as JasonXVoorhees, who changed their name to simply JXV before the release of what will now be the band’s swan song. Ritual may only be eight tracks long, but it hits like a ton of bricks.

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