CD review THE RITE ‘Liturgy of the Black’

Dark chimes of doom are the eerie introduction to an album that has it all.

The name of the album: ‘Liturgy of the Black’.
The sender: The Rite.

If you haven’t heard of this quartet before, you should definitely change that on June 19th at the latest. That’s when the band will release their diabolical debut album, a pitch-black longplayer that will reveal its dark beauty already during the first listening session.

The Rite is the project of A.Th (Black Oath) and Ustumallagam (Denial Of God). The duo is dedicated to morbid black metal, inspired by bands like Celtic Frost, Mercyful Fate and Samael. After the guys have made their first mark with the ‘The Brocken Fires’ demo, they are now releasing their first full-length album.

The tracklist includes eight songs and a longer intro, which is the gatekeeper to this hellish listening delight. In addition, a kind of outro called ‘Past Lives’ ends this release. After ‘The Initiation’ has faded out, the guys kick it off with ‘The Black Effigy’. The slowly held song has depth and immediately spreads a hellish mood, which runs through the whole album. Whether it’s the slower tracks or the furious ones like ‘Children of Belial’, The Rite know what they are doing.

The winds of damnation introduce ‘Necromancy’, a slow-paced doom monster that builds on a Sabbath riff. The very rhythm-based song, with its theatrical middle section, is one of the best songs on The Rite’s debut album, that has with ‘The Bornless One’ also a tune with distinctive tempo changes.

In summary, we can say that The Rite have achieved a very solid start with this album. Thanks to a tight groove, the songs are instantly memorable and will continue to fascinate even after listening to them several times. ‘Liturgy of the Black’ is an album I can recommend, no doubt.

Rating: 8 out of 10.


  1. The Initiation
  2. The Black Effigy
  3. Children of Belial
  4. Necromancy
  5. Famadihana
  6. The Bornless One
  7. Echoes of Past Lives
  8. Sinister Minister
  9. Trespassing the Chapel
  10. Past Lives

Label: Iron Bonehead

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: June 19th, 2020


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