Sacred Rite

Rites of Passage, Vol. 1

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The first volume in the Rites of Passage collection surveys Hawaiian metal band Sacred Rite's eponymous first album, parts of its second, 1985's The Ritual, and three early demos recorded when the band was still known as Sabre. Considering that Sacred Rite only really picked up steam in the second half of its short career, this is decidedly the poorer of the two sets, but serious musical anthropologists may still want to investigate the band's rough-hewn demos, occasional highlights such as "Wings of Pegasus" and "R.I.P.," and pounding live versions of "Revelation" and "Executioner." All in all, a very extensive (perhaps even too much) but complete look back at an underappreciated product of '80s metal.