Thursday, 12 January 2017


Ritual Festival, which aims to be bring the best in doom and death metal to Leeds have revealed the final bands for this year’s festival. Joining the likes of Ihsahn, All Pigs Must Die, Misery Index and the recently reformed Canvas will be Anaal Nathrakh, who will unleash their soundtrack for armageddon on the city and alongside them will be post-metal outfit Bossk who are no strangers to Leeds. 

Bassist Tom Belgey comments; 
‘Leeds has always been a historic city for our band, lots of our first really good shows were there. We were really impressed with its local scene even back in 2005, and played many shows with Humanfly. To see Canvas playing a show together again will be great, and will bring out lots of old faces from way back when we first played in Leeds. 

To be part of such a diverse bill is also fantastic, and is a testament to how good the Northern music scene is. This will be our first show of 2017, and our first with copies of the .1/.2 re-release LP. 

Ihshan released one of the best records of 2016, so really looking forward to seeing some of those tracks live. Also APMD have just finished a record, so hopefully they will be playing new tracks too. Support underground UK festivals like Ritual, they are a great chance to see a varied lineup like this, and only exist with fans support.’ 

The final announcement is rounded off with the addition of brutal London based death-metal outfit Unfathomable Ruination and psychedelic sludgers Kurokuma. 

Ritual Festival takes place on Saturday 8th April 2017 and will be preceded by an official pre-show on the Friday in Leeds at Belgrave Music Hall featuring Bolzer, Fen, The Infernal Sea & Sathamel. 

Full Line-up for Ritual Festival 2017: 
Ihsahn (UK Exclusive) 
All Pigs Must Die 
Anaal Nathrakh 
Misery Index 
The Afternoon Gentlemen 
Unfathomable Ruination 
Corrupt Moral Altar 
Serpent Venom 

Tickets for the festival priced at £30 along with the pre-show and bundles for the weekend are on sale now -


Alongside 2 rooms of live music the festival will also feature art exhibitions, a wealth of merchandise, as well as local food vendors.