The Brocken Fires
Review by Alex on July 30, 2019.
The Rite are new band which shares members form Denmark and Italy. Their brand of steel on this 2018 debut The Brocken Fires can be described as a blend of black and doom metal. They bring their idea of hell and occultism on a palate of chilling doom that see riffs play an effective role along with the backing keyboards in adding despair to the evil vocals.
Most of what’s served here is decent for a first entry. There are some things that could have been done better but as stated this is just the beginning from a band merely testing the waters before putting their best effort forth in committing to the dive. 'A Pact with Hell' is for me the best entry and gives a convincing idea of the potential The Rite's music has. Their steadily paced lines of doom held captive by overcast icy keyboards, fairly discernible vocals and a worthwhile production makes for a good listen that could see a few more rounds on the turntable depending on your taste.
For me the material is a bit safe though there were opportunities presented to expand the music and break away from predictability. As highlighted before 'A Pact with Hell' is the favorite here because of its growing climax and sudden changes in pace that eventually overflow into a burst of blast beats. The element of surprise is something I value greatly in metal so hearing this was more than welcome by my preferences. More of this was used for the following track 'The Brocken Fires', that even-though was good to hear, was not as intense as the previous. However, the slower drive of 'The Brocken Fires' gave a lasting performance resulting from very catchy guitar hooks and leads. In spite of lacking the intensity and catch of its predecessor, it showed to be a good follow-up.
The Brocken Fires is definitely testing grounds used to develop a better entry form The Rite sometime; still worth a listen.
Rating: 6 out of 10