MPR Review Of Dark Rites-Welcome To Eternity

Today I’ll be reviewing the album “Welcome to Eternity”, which was released in December 2018 by Dark Rites, a three-piece Extreme Melodic Metal band founded in 2016. Full disclosure here; I am brand new at formally reviewing metal music. I have been a lifetime fan of metal and have been reviewing bands within the confines of my own metal-charged brain since I was a kid. I feel growing up in the early 80’s, when so much of the music we hear today was all brand new, has definitely shaped my thoughts on what appeals to me. I was a metal infant taking in all the sights and sounds of bands by the likes of early Metallica, Motorhead, Slayer, Maiden, Priest, and Anthrax. So, I’m a bit of a traditionalist tending to gravitate towards bands that have kept the roots intact but still manage to carve out their own direction and sound.
Because of this, when I was asked by Dark Rites to review their sound, I was psyched. After all, I had already reviewed them in my own mind after running through their tracks many times. They fit the bill of my ideal metal sound in all the right ways. Dark Rites has traditional metal roots with their own driving but smooth sound. Every track from “Ants” to “Welcome to Eternity” is a masterpiece of metal musicianship, with just a touch of melody without being overdone. They rock plenty of gritty vocals (like Randy Blythe with a bit more clarity) but the lyrics are easily discernible as well. Guitars, bass and pounding drums (heavily displayed on tracks like “Starving for Violence”) are in perfect sync with elements of Lamb of God throughout; but hitting you full force with the Lamb on tracks like “Circus”.
This is one of those albums that you can listen to from beginning to end with no need to skip ahead. Everything you need in metal is here. Dark Rites’ sound on “Welcome to Eternity” goes perfectly with driving 90 down the open highway! Crank it up!!
MPR scores:
Overall musicianship – 9.5 out of 10 (above average, especially bass and drum backing)
Vocal style – 9.5 out of 10 (harsh but clear, smooth and gritty yet still melodic)
Overall song composition – 9.5 out of 10 (tight, driving, and energetic throughout)
Originality – 9 out of 10 (their own twist on tradition)

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