“Are you ready for a world of magic, mystery and metal? Join us as we explore the sights, sounds and stories that drive the human experience and connect us all. Through melody, passion and ritual we seek higher truth and self mastery. “
Founded in 2015 and hailing from the SF Bay Area, Arcane Ritual creates a unique heavy music experience with esoteric themes, combining elements of progressive, gothic and occult metal. Current releases include the EP 'Enemy of the State' and the single Angel, a cover of the epic gothic masterpiece by Tears of Passion. The upcoming album 'Witch-Heart' is set to be released March 1, 2019 and there will be a music video to accompany it!
At this moment the band consists of core members Jarek Tatarek (guitars, bass, programming & guitarviol) and Teresa Camp (vocals, lyrics, ritual magic.) Jarek’s extensive resume includes fronting legendary Polish thrash band Astharoth and guesting on the debut album for prog metal band In the Silence, and performing with them at Prog Power 2013. He’s written over 10 albums and plays guitar, bass, keyboards and the very rare, unqiue GuitarViol (utilized by Tyler Bates on many projects including the last Marilyn Manson album.) Jarek is a consummate song writer and rarely takes breaks. A lifelong metalhead who also enjoys world music, Jarek is not afraid to experiment and is always looking for new tools and ideas to expand Arcane Ritual’s sound.
Teresa has been writing poetry and lyrics since childhood and started playing guitar as a teenager. Previous bands/projects include Halcyon Days and the award winning belly dance/metal/world music group Arcane Dimension. Vocal training includes operatic training, blues vocal styling, speech level singing, balkan, Melissa Cross techniques and is a current member of the Vendera Vocal Academy. Teresa is always trying to push the envelope and can be heard experimenting with heavier techniques on the EP “Enemy of the State”. In addition to her vocal duties Teresa is a professionally trained belly dancer! She also produced and edited the band’s first music video for ‘Entwined in Starlight’ and is currently in the process of editing the new music video for Witch-Heart. When not writing music or dancing Teresa can be found creating rituals and sigils or reading books on various esoteric subjects, psychology or just a good murder mystery! Teresa's interest's in paganism and ritual often find their way into her lyrics and musical themes.
Though the band is heavily influenced by gothic/doom metal titans Type O Negative and Moonspell, as well as Within Temptation, you will also hear influences ranging from the progressive moody style of Pink Floyd to touches of world music. Experimentation is the name of the game with Arcane Ritual and nothing is off limits!