Sacred Rite

Rites of Passage, Vol. 2

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The second volume in the Rites of Passage collection surveys Hawaiian metal band Sacred Rite's third (and best) album, 1986's Is Nothing Sacred?, the studio portions of their second, 1985's The Ritual, and three early demos recorded when the band was still known as Sabre. Considering that the group only really picked up steam in the second half of its short career, this is decidedly the better of the two sets, and provides an ideal first taste of what these boys were capable of. Occasional second album highlights like "Ritual" and "Headfirst" soon make way for the altogether more mature offerings from album number three, which is featured here in its entirety and includes such barnstorming metal anthems as "I've Seen the Wizard," "I Will Survive," and "The Last Rites." The rare demos featured here also provide some additional collector's value to a very complete look back at an underappreciated product of '80s metal.