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mercoledì 7 agosto 2019

The Rite - The Brocken Fires

#PER CHI AMA/FOR FANS OF: Black/Doom, Celtic Frost, Cathedral
I The Rite altro non sono che un nuovo side project internazionale che vede la partecipazione di P. Guts dei nostrani Krossburst, in compagnia di A.th dei Black Oath, altra band italica, ed infine Ustumallagam dei blacksters danesi Denial of God. Il risultato di simile incontro non può portare inevitabilmente a nulla di buono, non tanto in termini qualitativi, ma in fatto di sonorità. Preparatevi pertanto ad affrontare un concentrato offensivo di black doomeggiante, che non vede grossi stravolgimenti al genere, se non una certa vena rituale in alcuni esoterici fraseggi dell'EP, che sembrano per certi versi richiamare Mercyful Fate o Death SS, anche se qui le voci si palesano arcigne e malvagie. Se le prime due tracce sono un intro a cui segue una sferzante tempesta black, è con la title track che si vedono le cose migliori della band, proprio per quel suo incedere lento e magico, fatto però di una magia nera pulsante oscuri malefici e quant'altro, che chiama addirittura in causa un che dei Cathedral più tenebrosi, uniti a Celtic Frost e Samael, per un risultato complessivo che riserva qualche buono spunto. Soprattutto quando i nostri affidano alla cover "Acid Orgy" (originaria dei Goatlord) la chiusura del disco per un melmoso finale che già mi aveva pienamente convinto anche con la quarta "Heed the Devil's Call". Come si dice, chi ben inizia è a metà dell'opera. (Francesco Scarci)

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The Rite is a rather new international band founded in 2017 by musicians located both in Italy and in Denmark. It’s increasingly becoming more common to see bands with members whose locations are quite far, thanks to internet and the new recording equipments, which make possible to compose and record music even if the members don´t spend a single second together. I don´t know if this is the case, but it´s clear that the current technologies made easier for P.Guts, who plays the drums, A.th who plays the guitars, bass and keys, and Ustumallagam, who is the vocalist, to create The Rite. It didn´t take too much time until they could release their first effort entitled 'The Brocken Fires', with the ex-member Gabriel on guitars, as all the members were already experienced musicians with several previous projects. Almost all of them were closely related to extreme metal subgenres as black metal or doom metal. Unsurprisingly, The Rite is a band which mixes black and doom metal and whose main influences are classic bands like Celtic Frost, Samael or Goatlord, among the others. As previously mentioned, The Rite released 'The Brocken Fires' only one year after the band´s inception and though initially it was only released as a cassette, this debut EP has caught Iron Bonehead Productions attention which has decided to re-release it on CD and vinyl. Thanks to this 'The Brocken Fires' is gaining a bigger attention through the underground scene. This initial effort consists in a short intro called "Prayer to Satan", three new tracks and a Goatlord cover entitled "Acid Orgy". All the tracks deliver a solid mix of black metal with heavy doom metal influences, especially in the somber tone of the compositions and the generally slower pace in comparison to an archetypal black metal song. This gives a greater room to the band to create truly heavyweight riffs that are the indisputable strongest point of this EP. The first track entitled "A Pact With Hell" is a fine example of this description, delivering powerful riffs which remind me in a few moments Celtic Frost and accompanied by solidly executed vocals by Ustumallagam. His vicious and strong voice is the perfect companion to the black/doom esque riffs, which at times can sound slightly more melodic, this is in my opinion, a nice point which enriches the composition and adds variety to this song. Another strong point is that the band tries to escape from creating songs with a monotonous pace and at times introduces fast sections, which are an interesting add. The aforementioned song and the last song created by the band, "Heed The Devil´s Call" have a quite similar structure and though both are solid efforts, is the second song, the homonymous "The Brocken Fires", which is in my humble opinion the highlight of this EP. Structurally, it’s the most varied one with slow, mid and also fast sections, the riffs are excellently composed and delivered with powerful notes, but not exempt from inspired melodies. Apart from that the band introduces some organs, which enhance the bleak atmosphere of the track giving the extra point that makes the song even better. In conclusion, 'The Brocken Fires' is a pretty solid debut by The Rite. Though it doesn´t hit the ground with something especially original, the ideas behind these compositions are pretty well executed and make this EP a work which deserves to a listen. (Alain González Artola)

(Iron Bonehead Records - 2019)