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ARTIST
TITLE
Ryte (Clear Water Green Vinyl)
FORMAT
LP

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CATALOG #
HPS 116LTD-LP HPS 116LTD-LP
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RELEASE DATE
1/24/2020

LP version. Clear water green vinyl. Ryte's debut album is basically the result of an intense one-and-a-half-year writing process (late 2016-early 2018), which was definitely fueled by a very creative and communal spirit within the band. The album consists of four long tracks which were constructed and developed carefully over time. The flow came totally natural as every member participated equally and contributed their very own personal abilities. The album definitely pushes the boundaries of psych rock as it is influenced by countless styles of music, including doom, prog rock, jazz, and even world music. The sound is dominated by down-tuned, sometimes doomy, sometimes epic twin guitars, dynamic and jazzy drums, distorted, playful basslines and spacey Theremin landscapes. Even though vocals are rare they do exist and are done either by Lukas or Arik, while the lyrics refer to freaked-out sci-fi stuff. Production-wise Hannes himself took over the project and recorded the album at his own rehearsal space. Michael Piller did the mixing and none other than the underground producer-legend Tim Green mastered the album at Louder Studios in California.

In mid-2016, Hannes, Arik, and Shardik decided to start a new project together. At that time, Arik and Shardik had already been playing several years together in Pastor and were looking for someone to jam with. By chance they met drummer Hannes at a Saviours show in Vienna. Shortly afterwards Ryte was founded. The only thing that was still missing was a bass-player. The band finally found the last missing part in late 2016 and was then a complete four-piece with Lukas on bass. They spent at least one intense year of continuous rehearsals and songwriting sessions in order to get a live-set and of course, an album together. Since day one, the band's goal was to play sophisticated, mostly instrumental heavy psych with little hints of classic prog, space rock, doom, and plenty of other stuff. Speaking of influences, the band is not limited by any means as long as it sounds fresh and interesting and does the band's initial idea of adventurous heaviness justice. For fans of: Danava, Hawkwind, Hällas, Horisont, Captain Beyond, Earthless, Joy, Iron Claw, Astra, King Crimson, Harsh Toke, Yes, Pentagram, Psicomagia.