Graven Rite – The Summoner’s Pit (2012 demo) Review
From the ashes of Iron Age, Integrity and featuring current members of Ancient VVisdom comes Graven Rite from Austin, TX. I was handed cassette and CD demos a week or so ago by the singer at a St Vitus show . I know all the guys in the band and have been told several times that I’d like it. “Like” is a poor choice of words, really. I love this demo. This is good ol’ American traditional metal that sounds like it could have been on one of the old Metal Massacre compilations. I understand this is a demo, but it really is too short. I really like Jason’s vocals on this much more than what he did with Iron Age, which wasn’t bad either. I just prefer cleaner vocals in general and that’s what you get with this demo. It’s primarily mid-paced, but flows well.
I believe the 2-song cassette demo will be available in July 2012, not sure about the full 5-track CD. If you’re into that classic Metal Blade sound, you’ll want to pick this up when it’s released. A bit derivative? Probably, but what isn’t these days? It’s worth the listen for sure.
You can listen to 2 of the tracks here.
- The New Faith (Wulfhere’s Prayer)
- The Summoner’s Pit
- A Slave To The Night
- Bloodstone Ring