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Blazon Rite: Wild Rites And Ancient Songs
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Blazon Rite: Wild Rites And Ancient Songs

Traditional Heavy/Power Metal
5.0/5.0

Once more we return to Philadelphia, not to far from Dangerdog HQ, to revisit with heavy metal band, Blazon Rite. With 2021's Endless Halls of Golden Totem already on the streets, founder, songwriter, and guitarist James Kirn still had some song ideas twisting in his metal mind. He and his cohorts took writing and recording, and their latest and second long player was born, Wild Rites And Ancient Songs. The album arrives with the addition of bass player Devin Graham, making Blazon Rite a sextet.

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A most fans already know, Blazon Rite are purveyors of traditional, "keep it true," heavy metal. Their sound is a twin guitar driven mixture of classic heavy and power metal powered by galloping rock rhythm and groove, and then accented by ambitious guitar solos. (Which is the sin qua non of classic heavy metal and hard rock.) All these things are wrapped in song and vocal melody and harmony. If you're listening for harsh modern metal or dirty screamo vocals, you won't hear those here.


At this juncture, with that paragraph, I've made this review a spoiler alert. If you need convincing of the aforementioned description, I refer you to the two videos added to this review. Nevertheless, for argument's sake, I point to a few songs. Two are Wild Rites and Ancient Songs and The Fall of a Once Great House, which have soft, almost folk like starts, before ripping into hasty metal. If you like your traditional metal fast, heavy, and riff-roaring you'll find it with The Coming Tide Of Yule or Mark Of The Storm Riders. Yet, both also have movements slower, even perhaps having a doom or epic metal feeling.

All said, Philadelphia's Blazon Rite, once again, delivers another fine album of keep it true heavy metal with blazing guitar work powerful gallop and groove. Easily recommended. Up the irons!



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The Take Away

With Wild Rites And Ancient Songs, Philadelphia's Blazon Rite, once again, delivers another fine album of keep it true heavy metal with blazing guitar work powerful gallop and groove. Easily recommended. Up the irons!

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