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Satanic Rites – Live to Ride/Hit and Run (1981)

Band: Satanic Rites Release: Live to Ride/Hit and Run (Single) Genre: NWOBHM Country: United Kingdom Year: 1981 Label: Heavy Metal Records Buy from: eBay Note The very first single by UK legends Satanic Rites, recorded and released before they acquired Deborah Webster as lead vocalist.  The b-side “Hit and Run” is the sure winner here, as it features one hell of a tasty riff and a chorus that absolutely compels you to chant along, making it one of the most memorable anthems of the NWOBHM era. Tracklist Live To RideHit and Run Rating: 90% Lineup Daz Bingham: Vocals Stuart...

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Satanic Rites – Which Way the Wind Blows (1985)

Band: Satanic Rites Release: Which Way the Wind Blows (Full-Length) Genre: NWOBHM Country: United Kingdom Year: 1985 Label: Self-Releaseddiv> Review Women and heavy metal have a long and proud history together and there’s no excuse to dislike certain bands because of the so-called “unmasculine-like” nature of their sounds.  Yes, heavy metal might be the sort of music you would tend to associate with men, but there is still a strong fanbase led by women, who are just as dedicated to the steel than anyone else.  That being said, with the likes of Doro, Leather, Acid and even Girlschool, female-fronted bands have always been very much supported and often praised. Satanic Rites, although not as well-known as the others, are no exception.  Their first full-length release proves just how powerful and dynamic female-fronted metal really is, and it has the ability to shift the regular atmosphere of that typical heavy metal sound.  Satanic Rites are indeed a very melodic band, providing us with a different take on that NWOBHM sound we are so fond of.  Yes, keyboards are very much present, but hell, I love the whole vibe it emits, especially when it overlaps the crunching guitars and Deborah Webster’s amazing vocal work.  Classics are indeed present on this album and are quite evident. “Burn in Hell” and “Don’t Tell Lies” are very well written songs and it is safe to say that the vocals do really make...

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