The Royal Ritual
Martyrs (album)

Label: Independent

Released: 6 May 2022

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the royal ritual – martyrs
amazing creativity
I was eagerly awaiting this album as it was evident that it would be an outstanding musical experience; I was not disappointed with its fantastic creativity. It is an incredible album that does not disappoint. Tracks vary, but my personal favourite is “Model Army”, and although after speaking with David, he told me New Model Army did not influence it did remind me of them. It is so good to hear that style of music coming from such a talented musician.

Other tracks include the single “Pews in a Pandemic”, a song that reflects David’s view on the religious culture in the USA.

This album is such a pleasure to listen to and is carefully put together by the amazing and talented David Lawrie.



UK industrial band, The Royal Ritual has just unveiled their highly-anticipated debut, full-length LP, Martyrs.

Martyrs is a thematic exploration into organized religion, and how it can negatively influence our most basic ethical choices.

"Within a short time after moving to the USA my hostility towards organized religion grew. I saw ordinarily good people doing undoubtedly wicked things in the name of religion, and it got to the point where I felt I needed to address it in the only way I knew how – through music.” - David Michael Lawrie

The first song on 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. As the album progresses further, topics spanning from faith-based, institutionalized scandals, to the absolving of responsibility in the name of holy war, to the acceptance of the finite nature of life are explored. The album climaxes with the raucous pulse of “Finally Free,” which explores the blame shifting nature of those in power.

Blending harsh synthetic tones; dark, percussive sound design and traditional world instruments, a new industrial landscape is being forged in The Royal Ritual, created by award winning sound designer and music producer, English born David Lawrie.

After a series of singles and a successful crowdfunding campaign, the first major, full-length release, Martyrs is available NOW in digital, CD and limited vinyl LP formats!

Die britische Industrieband The Royal Ritual hat gerade ihre mit Spannung erwartete Debüt-LP Martyrs enthüllt.

Märtyrer sind eine thematische Erforschung der organisierten Religion und wie sie unsere grundlegendsten ethischen Entscheidungen negativ beeinflussen kann.

"Innerhalb kurzer Zeit nach dem Umzug in die USA wuchs meine Feindseligkeit gegenüber der organisierten Religion. Ich sah normalerweise gute Menschen, die zweifellos böse Dinge im Namen der Religion taten, und es kam zu dem Punkt, an dem ich das Gefühl hatte, dass ich es auf die einzige Weise angehen musste, wie ich es wusste - durch Musik." - David Michael Lawrie

Der erste Song auf dem Album, "Pews In A Pandemic", ist eine direkte Reaktion auf die Heuchelei der Megakirchenkultur in den USA während der Covid-19-Pandemie. Im Laufe des Albums werden Themen untersucht, die von glaubensbasierten, institutionalisierten Skandalen über die Auflösung von Verantwortung im Namen des heiligen Krieges bis hin zur Akzeptanz der endlichen Natur des Lebens reichen. Das Album gipfelt mit dem lautstarken Puls von "Finally Free", der die schuldverändernde Natur der Machthaber untersucht.

Mit einer Mischung aus rauen synthetischen Tönen, dunklem, perkussivem Sounddesign und traditionellen Weltinstrumenten wird in The Royal Ritual eine neue Industrielandschaft geschmiedet, die vom preisgekrönten Sounddesigner und Musikproduzenten, dem in England geborenen David Lawrie, geschaffen wurde.

Nach einer Reihe von Singles und einer erfolgreichen Crowdfunding-Kampagne, der ersten großen, abendfüllenden Veröffentlichung, ist Martyrs JETZT in digitalen, CD- und limitierten Vinyl-LP-Formaten erhältlich!

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