RITE certainly doesn’t conform to the usual Power Metal sounds that frequently emanate from the snowy climes of Finland. Indeed that may well be a welcomed relief for those that like their Metal that bit more down ‘n dirty and with their third long player RITE has successfully scraped the bottom of a very deep, old beer barrel for some menacing, bone crunching and subterranean Heavy Metal.
Fronting the battle lines somewhere between SABBATH, SLAYER, GRAND MAGUS and grand father Doomsters CANDLEMASS, RITE do indeed make an un-holy Metal racket. From the proto-Thrash of ‘’Crack Of Doom’’ to the sluggish yet intensely brutal battering of ‘’Meanwhile In Hell’’ to the up-tempo riffing of ‘’I Rest Your Case’’ RITE doesn’t exactly offer anything less than uncompromising (as it should be) Heavy fuckin’ Metal.
Ostensibly aimed at those that like to devour the darker side of early 80’s Metal when genres where making and breaking the boundaries of Traditional Metal RITE offer a glimpse of what a fledgling Metal band might have sounded like. That they’ve done it twenty-five years after the fact reminds of just how stoic and stubborn Metal is.
Long may it remain like that.
(Online January 24, 2009)