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Dead Rites / Press

“Georgia horror influenced rockers, 'Dead Rites' have released the single and video (see below) for "Ritual 13" from the forth coming album "Obscure". The album is slated for an August 6th 2013 release. Signed to Hedonism Records in 2005, Dead Rites has since released two studio albums (In the Midst of Malevolence and Dead Alive) to much critical acclaim, and have maintained an exhausting tour schedule that has taken them all over the United States and Japan. Reborn was released in the fall of 2009 and was a drastic change from what fans were used to with Dead Rites before.”

“I dunno who the fuck Dead Rites are or what the fuck is going on in this video, but it’s hilarious. The band sounds like an especially awful Danzig clone, and the video… I mean, I guess the basic concept is “Ladies Love Dead Rites”*, but then there’s all these random shots of band members and other people looking right into the camera (sometimes while in random masks), including, at one point, a woman torturing some poor baby by making it wear a sunflower on its head while holding an apple just out of its reach. Also, even though the bass player is sitting down in some room, there’s wind blowing through his hair. Fuck does he think he is, Axel Rudi Pell? ”

“Those of you lamenting the lack of horror punk need lament no more. Dead Rites has arrived, with their new CD "In the Midst of Malevolence," and the sound of the Misfits and early Danzig has been given a resurrection. In fact, on several tracks contained on this CD, you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the sound of Radu and the gang as opposed to Glenn and his. Still, proving that Dead Rites are more than just a soundalike band, "In the Midst of Malevolence" adds its own layer of attitude and atmosphere that give the entire CD a haunting heaviness. Guitars often have that Black Sabbath smudge (especially on "Let the Devil Name Him") while the rhythm is often rollicking punk rock. An interesting and effective combo. ”

“As you may have guessed, "Dead Alive" is a live recording by Dead Rites. What's great about this particular live recording is that it really shows just what this band is all about: power, talent and fun. Real live recordings (as opposed to those ProTools studio jobs out there) are really a showcase for a band to shine. There are no over dubs when a mistake is made and no tweaking of the vocals to make them just right. It is bare bones music and that's just what Dead Rites delivers here and they deliver it very well. This recording has ten live tracks and two studio tracks and it's well worth a listen.”