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ETERNAL RYTE - WORLD REQUIEM (*NEW-CD, 1990, Pure Metal Records)

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ETERNAL RYTE - WORLD REQUIEM (*NEW-CD, 1990, Pure Metal Records)

1 Tightrope Dancer
2 Requiem
3 Someone To Love
4 Say Hello
5 The Killer
6 Surrender
7 On The Line
8 You And Me
9 The King
10 No More Lies

“A lot of people will quote (Psalm 33:3) to play loudly, but they sometimes forget the second part, to play skillfully before the Lord.”
-Phil St. Vincent

The best way to describe Eternal Ryte would be glam metal combining a more than above average amount of guitar driven muscle with a bold and upfront message. Emerging from the growing Southern California Christian metal scene in the mid-eighties, Eternal Ryte was initially put together by founding members guitarist Bobby “Transformer” Smith, bassist Jon Ciccareli and drummer Mike Berry. An ad in The Recycler soon led them to vocalist Phil Garcia (who later changed his last name to St. Vincent). When Ciccareli and Berry decided to call it quits after several years, the band rounded out its line up with drummer Scott “Smash!” Ernest (Angelica) and bassist Fred Gustafsson. Eternal Ryte went on to play all the clubs in Hollywood, including The Whiskey, Gazaries, The Roxy, and The Troubadour, and eventually recorded three demos – with the six song Anthem tape from 1988 being the most noteworthy - before signing to Pure Metal Records. The bands name has a two fold meaning. First, it is the right to be kings and priests for Jesus Christ. Second, as described in Romans 6:23, it is the right He’s given us through His bloodshed for eternal life.

On its 1990 Pure Metal debut World Requiem Eternal Ryte moves in straightforward melodic metal and hard rock territory, creating a sound certain to appeal to fans of Stryper, Angelica, Bloodgood, Holy Soldier, Loudness, Dokken and Queensryche. The bands well rounded songwriting skills help to make the album an even listen from front to back. “Tightrope Dancer” and “Surrender”, for example, both stand out with their catchy hooks, while “Requiem” and “The Killer” feature the heavier and more aggressive sound. Eternal Ryte even pulls off a more blues based metal number in “The King” in addition to showcasing a customary radio friendly ballad entitled “Say Hello”.

I enjoy the charismatic approach Phil St. Vincent takes with his mid-octave ranged lead vocal style, complementing the bands sound with a delivery that is both clean and smooth sounding at the same time. Bobby Smith, who lists Randy Roads , Jake E. Lee, George Lynch and Akira Takasaki as musical influences, is quite the talented musician who adorns the album from front to back with his lightning-like work on lead guitar. (On a side note, it is worth pointing out that Smith received an invitation to audition for Ozzy Osbourne as Jake E. Lee’s replacement. No, he did not get the gig- it, of course, went to Zakk Wylde.) Drummer Scott Ernest and bassist Fred Gustafsson form a capable performance rhythm section.

Production values come across with the needed amount of polish, combining a crisp rhythm guitar sound with an even mix of lead guitar. The albums low end, on the other hand, could have received the cleaner mix in that the bass guitar tends to get lost in the instrumentation. Otherwise, the sound here is fine.

This is an extremely rare & long out of print CD. It is Brand New & Sealed.


Tightrope Dancer (4:37)

Requiem (4:42)

Someone To Love (4:19)

Say Hello (4:48)

The Killer (3:06)

Surrender (4:02)

On The Line (3:42)

You And Me (5:01)

The King (5:14)

No More Lies (3:52)